Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

81. Kolyma Tales

Kolyma Tales
by Varlam Shalamov

Started: January 29, 2011
Finished: July 9, 2011

Five hundred pages of very depressing but very great writing on life in the Soviet forced labor camps of Kolyma in the 1930s-50s. I read this book just two or three stories a week over the last six months. I think if I had read it any faster, the bleakness would have overwhelmed me. Some of the tales told here are a bit repetitive but there are also some absolute classics contained in this volume. 508 pages. Grade: A-
Total # of books read in 2011: 81
Total # of pages read in 2011: 23,436


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