Anyone read the Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn? I want to read it
I have heard good things from a certain famous psychologist…
If you’re going down that path, I’d recommend Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”. It’s a quick read. Or get the audiobook version.
I happen to have just finished it. It’s an astonishing description of some of the most gruelling period in Russian history. Besides showing how communism and group identity leads to abuse of power and will eventually lead to failure of the system, it somehow helps me cope with the struggle we’re personally going through. The level of injustice the zeks (gulag prisoners) are systemically subjected to is on another level.
I’m not sure whether I’d recommend reading it as it took me multiple months to get through and turned into somewhat of a grind midway through, as all the different accounts of prisoner’s stories are described so elaborately.
If you do not mind the grind and are able to push through it’s definitely worth the read. And I’d be interested in your thoughts.
I’ll get my hands on it then!