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He is best known for writing a personal account of life in the Soviet gulag – A World Apart. Awards He was the winner of many literary prizes: Write a customer review.

Print HardcoverPaperback. The book A World Apart contains the author’s recollections beginning from his time spent incarcerated in the former USSR Gulag labour camp in Yertsevo in Arkhangelsk Oblastand a description of the journey he took to join the Polish divisions forming in Persia. Jan 09, Ewa rated it really liked it.

Thanks to a deal between the Polish government and the Russians Herling was eventually released, unlike his Russian mates. One strength of Herling’s character was his capacity for reflection, and this helps make “A World Apart”more than just a litany of suffering.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. For his valor in combat he was decorated with the Virtuti Militari, Poland’s highest military decoration.

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Herling-Drudzinski’s account is eloquent and moving. Jan 17, Lorenzo Berardi rated it really liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? For most Polish prisoners of war, the Polish-Soviet alliance came too late. This is reminiscent of Bruno Bettelheim’s testimony about the conduct of long-term swiah of Nazi concentration camps towards newer prisoners.

First hand account of atrocities, struggle fo A book swiah makes a very difficult read. A World Apart is an informative, descriptive and often harrowing account of life inside a Soviet prison camp during the early s. Interesting feature at the end of the book. He draws word portraits of many different prisoners, some of whom are examples of various “types” — the true believers in Communism, sure that “if only Stalin knew” all prisoners would go free; the criminals who lord over the “politicals” and prosper in the camps; the humble who accept their fate with resignation; the informers, some of whom are surprising betrayers; the hunger-demented, etc.


He also jnny for the Italian “Tempo presente” run by Nicola Chiaromonte and for various dailies and periodicals. At the same time he had the humility of reckoning that the Hell he was put into by fate was a bet It should and might deserve to be more widely known. The first account of “Russian labour camps” I read so far in which the author not only writes about what he survived to, but tries to put it in a larger historical context.

This hwrling goes far beyond a personal account, however. I understand that this is author’s diary written from his own experience, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is not the most enjoyable book to read. The passage in which Herling says that he later understood inmy being sent to the Kolyma for the people “working” in his herlibg sounded like being sent to Auschwitz for the prisoners of Nazi lagers is astonishing.

With the Russians we will lose our soul. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? On September 1st, Hitler invaded Poland herlkng staging a pretext. I’d like to read this book yerling Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? We learn, for example, that Communist tortures were designed not merely to make the victims sign a confession of guilt, but to destroy their very personality.


Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Germany attacked Poland with full force, launching 85 percent of its military might into the country, including 1. This gave him the opportunity to write about herlnig time in the work camps. A World Apart Front cover, edition.

Sadovsky, a Communist official who fell out of favor and was incarcerated with him, Herling comments: Much of the book is given to the analysis and interpretation of the attitudes, behaviour and emotions of specific prisoners and also to the internal mechanisms and independent laws of behaviour in the camps.

Written 10 years before Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ‘s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovichit brought him international acclaim but also criticism from Soviet sympathizers. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Poland was torn apart between two evil empires.

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When the magazine moved to Paris, he settled first in London and finally in Naples, Italy, where he married Lidia, a daughter of the philosopher Benedetto Croce. Retrieved 31 October Nov 16, Paulina rated it it was amazing. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Their efforts were simply to build hope for the future.

This page was last edited on 19 Septemberat The line between a victim and torturer is so vague Recommended to David by: