Saturday, August 23, 2014
Risk Taking Researcher - Jorge Ribeiro
As I read these first pages of the novel, I wanted to know more about these Gulags, and why was there so many people put in these prisons during the madness of World War II? I started to research and found out that ti wasn't because of the time period, but it was that this prison was made to be a prison that imprisons from petty criminals, to political prisoners. Gulag was a short name for its official name which was Гла́вное управле́ние исправи́тельно-трудовы́х лагере́й и коло́ний, translating to be Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps and Labor Settlements. This Gulag had many different camps, in March 1940, there were 53 separate camps and 423 labor colonies, and it received more prisoners than the Nazi concentration camps did everyday.
Now that I had a little bit more understanding about the setting of the story, it would be good to analyze about the author on how he chose a Gulag as the setting of the story. So in my research I found out that the reason why he made this book was to bring awareness towards the Gulags. In February of 1945 the author himself was arrested and brought to a Gulag. Later in 1950 he was sent to a "special camp" that was made for political prisoners only. This "special camp" was called Ekibastuz. So he wrote his book based on the experiences he had at Ekibastuz. So Ekibastuz was one of the Gulags there were, but the story was based on that particular Gulag.
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"Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Aug. 2014. Web. 23 Aug. 2014.