The First Circle

The First Circle

Paperback (04 Aug 1988) | English

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Synopsis

At the height of Stalin's postwar terror, Innokenty, a young diplomat and scion of a corrupt ruling class, discovers an earlier and more spiritual tradition than that adopted by the October Revolution, the beginning of a process which is Solzhenitsyn's basic theme: the individual's experience of acquiring an immortal soul.

Unwisely but generously, Innokenty helps a friend in danger of arrest, only to be arrested himself and sent to a special prison. This, the archetype of the Gulag, is described with masterful psychological insight. There are no heroes and hardly any villains; oppressors are no less victims then the oppressed.

In the great tradition of the Russian novel, The First Circle is both a brooding account of human nature and a scrupulously exact description of a historical period.

Book information

ISBN: 9781860460906
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Harvill Press
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 584g
Height: 218mm
Width: 135mm
Spine width: 44mm