First Circle (Paperback)
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First Circle (Paperback)

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Paperback 592 Pages / Published: 04/08/1988
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At the height of Stalin's postwar terror, Innokenty, a young diplomat and scion of a corrupt ruling class, discovers an earlier and more spiritual tradition than that adopted by the October Revolution, the beginning of a process which is Solzhenitsyn's basic theme: the individual's experience of acquiring an immortal soul. Unwisely but generously, Innokenty helps a friend in danger of arrest, only to be arrested himself and sent to a special prison. This, the archetype of the Gulag, is described with masterful psychological insight. There are no heroes and hardly any villains; oppressors are no less victims then the oppressed. In the great tradition of the Russian novel, The First Circle is both a brooding account of human nature and a scrupulously exact description of a historical period.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781860460906
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 42 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A great novel... A majestic work of genius" * Sunday Times *
"The First Circle is arguably the greatest Russian novel of the century" * Spectator *
"A future generation of Russians will be able to come to terms with their history through books like Doctor Zhivago and The First Circle" * Financial Times *

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