Kolyma Tales

Kolyma Tales


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140186956
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1995
Series: Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin Series
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 648,788
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Varlam Shalamov (1907-1982) was a Russian writer, poet, and journalist. He survived 17 years of incarceration in the Gulag for speaking out against the Soviet Union. His collection of essays, Kolyma Tales, details his experiences under the Soviet government.

John Glad (1941-2015) was an American scholar who specialized in Russian literature. He taught Russian at the University of Maryland and Rutgers University. Additionally, Glad was a notable translator of speeches by Mikhail Gorbachev, and also of Russian literature, particularly the works of Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn and Varlam Shalamov

Table of Contents


Through the Snow

On Tick

In the Night


An Individual Assignment

A 'Pushover' Job

Dry Rations

The Injector

The Apostle Paul


Tamara the Bitch

Cherry Brandy

A Child's Drawings

Condensed Milk

The Snake Charmer

The Golden Taiga

Vaska Denisov, Kidnapper of Pigs

A Day Off


Shock Therapy

The Lawyers' Plot

Typhoid Quarantine

The Procurator of Judea

The Lepers

Descendant of a Decembrist

Committees for the Poor


A Piece of Meat


Major Pugachov's Last Battle

The Used-Book Dealer



The Seizure

An Epitaph


The Businessman

Captain Tolly's Love

In the Bathhouse

The Green Procurator

My First Tooth

Prosthetic Appliances

The Train

The Red Cross

Women in the Criminal World


Grishka Logun's Thermometer

Chief of Political Control

The Life of Engineer Kipreev

Mister Popp's Visit

The Theft

The Letter

Fire and Water



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Kolyma Tales 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
languagehat on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Harrowing stories; Solzhenitsyn left Kolyma largely out of The Gulag Archipelago because he felt Shalamov had done the job as well as it could be done.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing 3 days ago
A riveting collection of short stories and essays about life in the Gulag in Russia's Far East. More understated than Solzhenitsen's Gulag works and more like Chekov in its ordinary telling of an extraordinary time and life in a "white hell".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting stories. Just another reminder of the difficulty of life in the Gulag.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nick34 More than 1 year ago
This book is a series of short stories about Shalamov himself and various other during their time in Kolyma/Magadan. The detail within this book is amazing and you begin to feel the chill of Siberia as you read his scenes describing the wretched conditions of the mines and camp. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a story of perseverance, struggle and the strength of those men in the Gulag.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shalamov not only exhibits a masterful ability to blend history with fiction. He is also able to create stories that are uniquely Russian yet contain universal truths. The depths of human survival, and what is found there when you've reached the bottom is what is in these tales. Walking away with that, it is hard not to gain a greater appreciation for what you have.