Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir by Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky

By Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky

The searing bills of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Evgeniia Ginsberg and Varlam Shalamov opened the world's eyes to the terrors of the Soviet Gulag. yet no longer earlier has there been a memoir of existence contained in the camps written from the point of view of an exact worker of the key police.

In this riveting memoir, fantastically translated by way of Deborah Kaple, Fyodor Mochulsky describes being despatched to paintings as a md on the compelled exertions camp of Pechorlag within the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle. purely twenty-two years previous, he had yet a obscure thought of the real nature of the Gulag. What he came upon was once an international of incredible discomfort and demise, a global the place males have been starved, crushed, labored to dying, or just done. Mochulsky information the terrible stipulations within the camps and the demanding situations dealing with all these concerned, from prisoners to guards. He depicts the ability struggles in the camps among the key police and the communist occasion, among the political prisoners (most of whom were arrested for the conventional crime of "counter-revolutionary activities") and the felony convicts. and since Mochulsky writes of what he witnessed with the detachment of the engineer that he used to be, readers can simply know the way a approach that destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives may be run via traditional Soviet electorate who believed they have been advancing the reason for socialism.

Mochulsky remained a communist get together member his whole life--he could later develop into a diplomat--but was once deeply stricken by way of the space among socialist concept and the Soviet truth of slave exertions and mass homicide. This extraordinary memoir takes readers into that fact and sheds new mild on probably the most harrowing tragedies of the 20 th century.

Show description

Read or Download Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir PDF

Best memoir books

The Queen's Escape: Memoirs of a Lightworker (The Queen's Trilogy, Book 1)

Paula Liebe is a profitable Dutch businesswoman who escapes her uninteresting company occupation and boldly strikes to the Mexican Riviera Maya to check the Mayan prophesies, develop into a yoga instructor and begin a non secular heart. Paula additionally escapes the soreness from her early life abuse in persevered battles along with her addictions.

The Sum of Our Days: A Memoir

Name notice: unique identify los angeles suma de los días
Author observe: Translated from the Spanish by way of Margaret Sayers Peden
Publish yr observe: First released 2007

In this heartfelt memoir, Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful fact of her personal existence within the wake of tragic loss--the dying of her daughter, Paula. Recalling the earlier 13 years from the day-by-day letters the writer and her mom, who lives in Chile, wrote to one another, Allende bares her soul in a e-book that's as exuberant and entire of existence as its writer. She recounts the tales of the wildly eccentric, strong-minded, and eclectic tribe she gathers round her that turns into a brand new type of family.

Throughout, Allende stocks her techniques on love, marriage, motherhood, spirituality and faith, infidelity, habit, and reminiscence. right here, too, are the fantastic tales in the back of Allende's books, the superstitions that advisor her writing procedure, and her adventurous travels. finally, The Sum of Our Days bargains a different journey of this talented writer's internal global and of the relationships that experience turn into necessary to her existence and her work.

Narrated with heat, humor, extraordinary candor, and knowledge, The Sum of Our Days is a portrait of a modern relatives, certain jointly via the affection, fierce loyalty, and obdurate selection of a cherished, indomitable matriarch.

Around Africa On My Bicycle

In a global first, virtually tremendously, Riaan Manser rode a bicycle correct round the continent of Africa. It took him years, months and fifteen days. He rode 36 500 kilometres via 34 diversified nations. In round Africa on my Bicycle, Manser tells the tale of this epic trip. it's a tale of blood, sweat, toil and tears.

Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

An intimate memoir of a friendship with the best artist in rock and roll historical past, taking you from late-night events at Graceland to the brilliant lighting of Hollywood units and glittering levels of Vegas

On a lazy Sunday in 1954, twelve-year-old Jerry Schilling wandered right into a Memphis contact soccer online game, purely to find that his staff was once quarterbacked through a nineteen-year-old Elvis Presley, the neighborhood teen whose first list, “That’s All Right,” had simply debuted on Memphis radio. the 2 turned speedy associates, while Elvis become the world’s largest big name. In 1964, Elvis invited Jerry to paintings for him as a part of his “Memphis Mafia,” and Jerry quickly came upon himself residing with Elvis full-time in a Bel Air mansion and, later, in his personal room at Graceland. Over the following 13 years Jerry may paintings for Elvis in a number of capacities—from bodyguard to photograph double to co-executive manufacturer on a karate movie. yet greater than anything he used to be Elvis’s shut good friend and confidant: Elvis depended on Jerry with preserving his existence while he got dying threats, he requested Jerry to force him and Priscilla to the health facility the day Lisa Marie used to be born and to accompany him throughout the recognized “lost weekend” whilst he traveled to satisfy President Nixon on the White House.

Me and a man Named Elvis appears at Presley from a friend’s point of view, delivering readers the guy instead of the icon—including insights into the artistic frustrations that bring about Elvis’s abuse of prescription drugs and his tragic loss of life. Jerry bargains never-before-told tales approximately existence within Elvis’s internal circle and an emotional recounting of the good occasions, tough occasions, and targeted instances he and Elvis shared. those vibrant stories may be useful to Elvis’s hundreds of thousands of lovers, and the compelling tale will fascinate an excellent wider viewers. BACKCOVER: enhance compliment for Me and a man Named Elvis

“This ebook stored me up overdue into the evening as I became the pages, reliving each state of affairs and each tale as though I have been there once more, till i ended. Jerry Schilling’s phrases introduced tears to my eyes, making me smile and nod because it stuffed my head with issues I had forgotten yet fortunately he remembered. Jerry tells his tale with the freshness and purity of a guy who actually enjoyed his good friend. Me and a man Named Elvis isn't just genuine, sincere, and actually moving—it is a surprise. ”
—Priscilla Presley
“Jerry had the keys to the dominion, the keys to the King’s homes, to the King’s automobiles, to the guts of what made Elvis a King within the first position. right here he unlocks each door and his personal center in addition. during this booklet, Jerry Schilling brings grace to Graceland. ”

“Jerry Schilling has captured the wonderful thing about my father’s spirit in a manner that hasn't ever been performed ahead of. i'm going to admit that i used to be apprehensive to learn one other booklet in this topic, particularly by way of a chum (there aren't many that stay in my lifestyles from this period of time, as Jerry does), yet this ebook is via a long way my favourite. it's a appealing, well-written, and un-crucifying account of many ancient moments that indicates the genuine start and evolution of Rock and Roll and the way it bridged the racial divide. Jerry tells his tale of a tender boy starting to be up negative with out genuine relatives prior to destiny replaced his lifestyles in the course of one Sunday afternoon video game of football—and he tells it with humility, honesty, and dignity. ”
—Lisa Marie Presley

“What Jerry Schilling has written in Me and a man Named Elvis is an account of 1 man’s adventure, a private memoir that, whereas it locations its narrator squarely in the course of old occasions, by no means claims credits for these occasions within the means that such a lot of self-serving memoirs are likely to do. it's a balanced therapy of a fancy topic . . . What i believe distinguishes the e-book so much of all, although, is its emotional honesty, the generosity of spirit with which Jerry seeks to emulate his good friend and mentor. ”
—Peter Guralnick, writer of final teach to Memphis and Careless Love

Extra resources for Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir

Example text

Piranhas," she said and pointed to the yellow tile.  "You do love me," she said.  We slid on the magazines, and that became part of the step.  The music was over, maybe for a long time.  "Freddie,'' she said again.  And all the time, inside the frenzy was the calm. Memory hovered about my head, becoming visible at intervals, like particles of dust in twilight—the alley behind the Bree where we bought pot, beneath the slide in the Woodard schoolyard where Dee Page 58 and I first made love, the corner of 5th and Main where the knobby prostitutes hawked, the vacant lot behind the Mesa Drive—In where we made up dialogue for the huge silent screen, all the places we grew up lost—the men in suits and vests with high­polish shoes, the bearded transvestite who collected bottles in the basket of his bicycle, the black butcher with red slabs of meat, the abandoned Sinclair station covered with names, my name, Dee's, Lonnie's, Wilson's, Eugene's—the curtains of my parents' house drawn closed, the liquor store on 49th with the neon dinosaur, the all­night diner on 4th Avenue, Lonnie's Coupe de Ville, the asphalt bedrooms, the Unemployment building, my mother, who told me the last people who lived here didn't know how to behave.

Go back to sleep," Charley said again. " I asked. He didn't say anything. " "You woke us up," I said. " I asked.  Ask was too offended to reply. " Ask didn't want the story to fizzle out.  Charley relaxed but Ask seemed tense, so I elbowed him under the sheet.  I hooked my head around the porch railing, but all I could see was neon red, yellow, blue. " "You're too young to understand," he said. " "What you said to her," I said. Page 35 Charley didn't do anything but stare at us, then back at the cafe.

He wiped at his face, eyebrows.  "Ask Wilson," he said.  "Wilson is clean," I said again, louder.  We cheated together on spelling, stole cigarettes from Quick Mart, made a wreath from oleander leaves for her mother's grave.  Now he was clean, but she was gone.  He, at least, would be sympathetic—we were both looking for girlfriends.  I headed for the Unemployment building.  My letters were returned.  It was then she promised to come to Oregon in the summer. " I asked.  I just threw it back at her upside down to make her hush.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.81 of 5 – based on 44 votes