One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

New York, NY: Frederick Praeger, 1963. First American Edition. Hardcover. Subtitled “A Soviet Novel of Life in Stalin’s Forced Labor Camps,” Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” is an uncontested classic of World Literature. First published in the Soviet literary magazine “Novy Mir,” or “New World” in November of 1962, it describes a single day in the life of an ordinary prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukov. The mere appearance of the book in 1962 was considered historic and entirely without precedent, as never before had such a brutal, fearlessly-rendered account of Stalinist repression appeared before the reading public—and in mass circulation, no less. Thanks to a group of groundbreaking contemporary intellectuals influenced by Solzhenitsyn (including the UK-based, Ukrainian-born co-host of the explosive Triggernometry Podcast, Konstantin Kisin and the internationally-celebrated Psychologist-Philosopher-Author Jordan Peterson), Solzhenitsyn’s staggering contributions are by turns enlightening and terrifying a new generation of readers. Ever in need of revisiting, Solzhenitsyn’s harrowing tales of famine, state-sponsored repression and the will to go on in the face of it all will continue to enjoy distinguished historical and moral relevance. We’re not sure if we can call this “the First American Edition” or “a First American Edition,” as there seems to be two: there is this edition, released by Frederick Praeger Inc. in 1963, and an E.P. Dutton edition also from 1963 which labels itself the “ONLY AUTHORIZED EDITION.” On the official website for the Nobel Prize in Literature (which was awarded to Solzhenitsyn in 1970), it lists the Praeger edition before the E.P. Dutton edition, possibly making the Praeger edition the True First Edition (this would hold true if, like the E.P. Dutton edition claims, the Praeger edition too was released in January of 1963). What we do know, though, is that the front cover of the Praeger edition is much cooler, and that just about settles it. Book in near fine condition with only modest shelf-wear to fine-edges; slight bump to bottom fine-edge at center-middle; a few faint sequences of spotting to text block; minute rubbing, bumping to spine at book title. Unrestored dust-jacket in relatively good-near fine condition, with modest rubbing to front cover; scattered scuffs and chipping, a few closed tears to topmost fine-edge and rightmost fine-edge of same; horizontal, almost underlining gash surprisingly well-held together by clear protective jacket under the word “Ivan” on the front cover; tiny closed tear at bottom fine-edge near center-middle of same; moderate-pronounced rubbing to back cover at leftmost fine-edge and spine-edge of same; a flattened crease and a tiny closed tear at bottom right-hand corner of same; moderate shelf-wear to spine with a little bit of chipping at top. We acknowledge that we’re getting microscopic here, and urge you to consider the pictures you see accompanying this listing, as they sometimes provide a better representation of an item’s true condition than the microscopic condition-grading analysis we provide. Near Fine / Good-Near Fine. [Item #4504]

Price: $90.00