Never Remember: Searching for Stalin's Gulags in Putin's Russia

Never Remember: Searching for Stalin's Gulags in Putin's Russia

Never Remember: Searching for Stalin's Gulags in Putin's Russia

Never Remember: Searching for Stalin's Gulags in Putin's Russia


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A haunting literary and visual journey deep into Russia’s past—and present

The Gulag was a monstrous network of labor camps that held and killed millions of prisoners from the 1930s to the 1950s. More than half a century after the end of Stalinist terror, the geography of the Gulag has been barely sketched and the number of its victims remains unknown. Has the Gulag been forgotten?

Writer Masha Gessen and photographer Misha Friedman set out across Russia in search of the memory of the Gulag. They journey from Moscow to Sandarmokh, a forested site of mass executions during Stalin’s Great Terror; to the only Gulag camp turned into a museum, outside of the city of Perm in the Urals; and to Kolyma, where prisoners worked in deadly mines in the remote reaches of the Far East. They find that in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where Stalin is remembered as a great leader, Soviet terror has not been forgotten: it was never remembered in the first place.

“A short, haunting and beautifully written book.” —Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997722963
Publisher: Columbia Global Reports
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and the bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin. Gessen's books include The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. She is the recipient of numerous other awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, and her work appears regularly in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and Slate. A longtime resident of Moscow, Gessen now lives in New York City.

Misha Friedman regularly photographs for The New Yorker, Time, Der Spiegel, GQ, Le Monde, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Sports Illustrated, Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders. His work has received numerous awards, including grants from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. He was born in Moldova and graduated from Binghamton Universityand the London School of Economics. He taught himself photography while working in humanitarian medical aid. He lives in New York City.
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