The Gulag Archipelago by Sozhenitsyn
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I will say that I love it so far and find Solzhenitsyn's sarcasm engaging :)
I'm assuming you've already read A day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch and The First Circle which are more fictionalised accounts of Solzhenitsyn's time in the gulag.
You could also read Dostoevsky's The House of the Dead for a 19th century take on the Gulag.
I've gotten about half way through book 1 of the Gulag and I'm already taking a break and reading a non-fiction The Ancestor'sTale by Richard Dawkins about evolution. It's another huge book and so I'm taking a break from that too right now and not reading anything! lol
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That said, it's a very similar experience to The Fatal Shore; horrific but well worth the time and effort to get through; and Solzhenitsyn's sense of humor is what keeps you going. His description of the military exploits of Vlasov is one of the worst laugh-because-you-can't-cry moments in literature anywhere.
Bite the bullet. If you like Russia, this isn't something you can skip.
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