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Question: what did you think of Solzhenitsyn? Which of his books should I read next? And did anyone really understand Cancer Ward? A lot of the actions at the end, like Kostoglotov's decisions, were really odd.
Definitely agree, there. Horrific, but so important it's worth the journey. And Solzhenitsyn is just the most hilarious laugh-because-you-can't-cry writer in any language.
One gotcha for Gulag; brush up on Russian history (particularly between wars) and it will go a little easier; my sister complained that she WOULD have made it through the first volume if she'd understood all the context.
I just read your replies to my post about Heinlein too! You respond to ALL my posts it seems. Heh.
What is a good, short, light book for brushing up on Russian history? I hate to say this but the hardest part about these Russian books are the name, they all sound really similar to me and I have to make lists of who the characters are.
I'm backing off on Heinlein. Not a popular topic and I don't want to start any flaming.
Russian history: this is also a little bit of a controversial subject, but.. Harrison Salisbury is a good first author: Russia in Revolution is probably a good start. He has also written some (dated) books on the Chinese Revolution.
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