"Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realize that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul": First Russian Editions of The Gulag Archipelago; Each volume Inscribed by Solzhenitsyn
The Gulag Archipelago: Volumes 1, 2 and 3.
Item Number: 3937
Paris: YMCA Press, 1973-1975.
First Russian editions of each volume of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s masterwork, preceding the English translation. Octavo, original wrappers, as issued. All three volumes are inscribed and dated by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Each are near fine in wrappers. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare signed and inscribed by the author.
Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917. Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century. It placed number three on the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century by National Review magazine.