Our next group discussion has been cancelled due to Corona Virus (COVID-19) Regulations and rapid changes in the workplace as a result.
So here are some questions about our April book for discussion One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to get you thinking. And if you like to make a comment ~ please click on the comment tag under the heading ~ and go for it. The comment will appear below the post.
First published in November 1962 in the Soviet literary magazine Novy Mir (New World), the story is set in a Soviet labor camp in the 1950s and describes a single day in the life of ordinary prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov.
The book’s publication was an extraordinary event in Soviet literary history, since never before had an account of Stalinist repression been openly distributed.
Why does Solzhenitsyn call the protagonist by the name “Ivan Denisovich” in the title but by the name “Shukhov” almost everywhere else in the narrative?
In what ways does the camp attempt to eliminate individual identity?
In what ways do the inmates attempt to hold on to their individual identities?
Why did the author choose to write a work of fiction in order to share his Gulag experience with an audience? Why not nonfiction?
Why does Solzhenitsyn describe only a single day of Shukhov’s life?
Why does the author show a day in which the main character feels slightly less miserable than others?
The narrator asks, “Can a man who’s warm understand one who is freezing?” What are the larger implications of such a question as it applies to our lives? What are some of the possible answers to this question? How do you respond to this question?