A World Apart: Imprisonment in a Soviet Labor Camp During World War II (Paperback)

Imprisonment in a Soviet Labor Camp During World War II

By Gustaw Herling, Andrzej Ciolkosz (Translator), Bertrand Russell (Preface by)

Penguin Books, 9780140251845, 288pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 1996



A searing, personal literary account of life in a Soviet prison camp

In 1940, Gustaw Herling was arrested after he joined an underground Polish army that fell into Russian hands. He was sent to a northern Russian labor camp, where he spent the two most terrible years of his life. In A World Apart, he tells of the people he was imprisoned with, the hardships they endured, and the indomitable spirit and will that allowed them to survive. Above all, he creates portraits of how people - deprived of basic human necessities and forced to worked at hard labor - can come together to form a community that offers hope in the face of hopelessness, that offers life when even the living have no life left.

"Should be published and read in every country." -Albert Camus

"In psychological and moral penetration and artistic power A World Apart equals Fyodor Dostoyevsky's House of the Dead, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz." -Louse Begley, New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Gustaw Herling was born in 1919 in Kielce, Poland. After the war, he lived in London and Munich, finally settling in Naples. He was one of the founding editors of Kultura, a magazine conceived as "a forum for independent thought and imagination."