One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Study Guide

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about Ivan Denisovich, a falsely-convicted prisoner serving a ten-year sentence in the gulag, a forced labor camp. The book recounts the horrible conditions suffered by gulag prisoners: harsh punishments, extreme cold, lack of proper clothing, lack of food, brutal physical labor and sickness. Though Ivan Denisovich wakes up sick and is punished, then sent off to work, he survives the day and even goes to bed feeling OK.

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