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Old February 24th, 2015, 08:50 AM   #31

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Thank you. I shall try to find it.

Varlam Shalamov's "Kolyma Tales" are amazing, but they were published only in the 90-es, so they are less known than "Ivan Denisovitch".

(BTW - a hard thing to discuss, but still - do you know that with the global warming, the ice in Kolyma has started to melt, and all these corpses of the hapless, unknow people, suddenly became visible? In war years, they died in thousands, and were just left in taiga, the guards assumed that the permafrost would take care of them. It did, for decades. Must have been a horrible thing to see them.)
If the permafrost has maintained their facial features intact, may be they can be identified even now, presuming, of course that their relatives are alive.
And I am presuming that, of course, you have read Gulag A History by Anne Applebaum.
I do want to visit Russia , walk around Kremlin, and St. Petersburg, too apart from a few cities on the Trans Siberian line. lake Baikal. I do want to visit Akademegorodok and Magnetogorsk, too. And some big dams on the Lena, Ob etc. and some bridges. But visa for visitors / tourists is only for 20 days !

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Thank you. I shall try to find it. I have looked at the link, but do you think that it might have been translated into Russian?
It was published in Russia at least once.
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It was published in Russia at least once.
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It was. I found it online. Translated by Natalia Gorbanevskaya, former Soviet dissident. Thank you!

(I posted link to Sakharov-center which publishes such books online).

(BTW, the article about Grudziński in Russian Wikipedia compares his book to "Kolyma Tales" by Varlam Shalamov. I consider "Kolyma Tales" the best book about Gulag. Unlike Solzhenitsyn, Shalamov was a brilliant writer.)

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If the permafrost has maintained their facial features intact, may be they can be identified even now, presuming, of course that their relatives are alive.
And I am presuming that, of course, you have read Gulag A History by Anne Applebaum.
I do want to visit Russia , walk around Kremlin, and St. Petersburg, too apart from a few cities on the Trans Siberian line. lake Baikal. I do want to visit Akademegorodok and Magnetogorsk, too. And some big dams on the Lena, Ob etc. and some bridges. But visa for visitors / tourists is only for 20 days !
I doubt that anyone invited any relatives to look, likely, the corpses were all buried again.
I have read the book.
If the visa is only for 20 days, i'd advise you to spend 10 days in St. Petersburg, 5 days in Moscow, and the rest travelling along the Golden Ring.
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I doubt that anyone invited any relatives to look, likely, the corpses were all buried again.
I have read the book.
If the visa is only for 20 days, i'd advise you to spend 10 days in St. Petersburg, 5 days in Moscow, and the rest travelling along the Golden Ring.
Thanks for the response. I will certainly heed your advice. I think a Business Visa is of longer duration but I will consult my travel agent.
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