Secret Story: The Gulag Archipelago by Crepu, Jean & Miletitch, Nicolas
Research revealed that the manuscript was such an accurate report, engaging readers so strongly with its content that they were unable to distinguish between their own traumatic experiences and the incidents in the book. Secret Story: The Gulag Archipelago emphasizes the importance of collective struggle which led to the commendation of Soviet Communism. It shows that literary works can function as a powerful tool for the indictment of a political regime.
The Gulag Archipelago is considered one of the most revealing documents, containing primary source material, which have disclosed the horrors of the Russian prison camps. GULag, is an acronym for the Russian term 'Gulag', Glavnoye Upravleniye ispravitelno-trudovyh Lagerey, Russian for 'Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps' In these corrective labor camps prisoners were forced to work under extreme conditions that eventually killed millions of captives.
This three volume literary work of Alexander Solhenitsyn still serves as an authoritative condemnation of the Communist system in Russia. It shows a continuation of systematical and arbitrary correctional measures used by this one-party regime. In Western Europe the book forced a rethinking of Leninism and Communism in general, discrediting Western communist parties.