In the First Circle

The First Uncensored Edition

by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

On Sale: 10/13/2009

In the First Circle

The First Uncensored Edition

by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

On Sale: 10/13/2009

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About the Book

The thrilling Cold War masterwork by the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Gulag Archipelago, published in full for the first time

"A great and important book, whose qualities are finally fully available to English-speaking readers.” —Washington Post

Moscow, Christmas Eve, 1949.The Soviet secret police intercept a call made to the American embassy by a Russian diplomat who promises to deliver secrets about the nascent Soviet Atomic Bomb program. On that same day, a brilliant mathematician is locked away inside a Moscow prison that houses the country's brightest minds. He and his fellow prisoners are charged with using their abilities to sleuth out the caller's identity, and they must choose whether to aid Joseph Stalin's repressive state—or refuse and accept transfer to the Siberian Gulag camps . . . and almost certain death.

First written between 1955 and 1958, In the First Circle is Solzhenitsyn's fiction masterpiece. In order to pass through Soviet censors, many essential scenes—including nine full chapters—were cut or altered before it was published in a hastily translated English edition in 1968. Now with the help of the author's most trusted translator, Harry T. Willetts, here for the first time is the complete, definitive English edition of Solzhenitsyn's powerful and magnificent classic.

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Critical Praise

“The new edition of Solzhenitsyn’s epic novel, In the First Circle captures better than any other work of fiction the quintessence of communist rule at its Stalinist peak: all-pervasive, paranoid, oppressive, incompetent, lethal. ... The longer text is deeper and darker.” - The Economist

“Solzhenitsyn’s Cold War masterpiece ... a new radically retranslated edition, which is greatly expanded.” - London Times

“The appearance in English of this new version of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s best novel is an exciting literary event. . . . A great and important book, whose qualities are finally fully available to English-speaking readers.” - Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061479014
  • ISBN 10: 0061479012
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 10/13/2009
  • Pages: 784
  • List Price:26.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / War & Military

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