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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Ralph Parker
bookshelves: re-read, published-1962, slavic, re-visit-2015, film-only, winter-20142015, nobel-laureate, prisoner
Recommended for: Laura, Wanda et al
Read from January 01, 1989 to February 07, 2015, read count: 2


Re-visit 2015 via film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqG1u...

Trivia from wiki: Finnish film director Jörn Donner tried to get the film to Finland, but the Finnish Board of Film banned the showing of the film. In 1972 Donner complained to Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. The Supreme Administrative Court voted for the banning 5-4 on 28 February 1972. When, in 1972 and 1974, Swedish television showed the film, the Swedish television mast on the Åland Islands was subsequently shut down during the movie to prevent Finns from seeing the film.

Director of the Finnish Board of Film Jerker Eeriksson said that the banning of the film was political because it harmed the Finnish-Soviet relationship. Director of the film Caspar Wrede, who then lived in England, refused to campaign against the banning in order to avoid bad publicity abroad.

The film was shown in Finland in 1993 and 1994 in the movie theater Orion in Helsinki, as well as in the cinema club in Vaasa. Finnish television showed the film in 1996 on the TV1 YLE channel.

First Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 6th June 2003.
Rebroadcast on 7th September 2008 to mark Solzhenitsyn's death.
Recorded from BBC Listen Again with Audiob Hijack Pro.

One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich was a literary earthquake with profound political implications. At the height of the Cold War, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn exposed to the Soviet Union, and the world, the suffering which Stalin had imposed on his own people. Revealing the bitter conditions and arbitrary cruelties of the Soviet prison camps which became known as the Gulag Archipelago, the lies at the heart of Soviet history became impossible to hide.