Alexander Dolgun’s Story has ratings and 35 reviews. Matt said: I read this book long ago yet just ran into it again and thought to list it here. The. Alexander Dolgun was a U.S. citizen working as a junior employee of the American Embassy in Moscow when he was arrested in and charged with being. In he wrote a book, ”Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag,” detailing his arrest by Stalin’s security police in and.

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Released after eight long years he is finally able to recount the experience of being transported to and between prisons, interactions and friendships with other prisoners, the day to day drudgery of trying to stay alive under horren Alexander Dolgun, from embassy employee, to prisoner, then falsely convicted of being a terrorist against Russia and sentenced to hard labor.

It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. Two layers of bunks, which were nothing more than hard plank platforms, ran down each of the long sides and across the end. One of the greatest stories of personnal triumph I have ever read.

Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag

At the far end was a large window, open in the warm air, with bars on the outside. It was amazing how this American stayed alive with all he was given. While Dolgun’s story is rife with horrible injustices perpetrated against an innocent man, he always seems more of a hardened survivor than a victim. Alexander’s will to live was inspiring. Later I alexaneer and found that we were people in a cell sixteen feet wide and about forty feet long.


I highly recommend this book. This is one of the few books that I remember in detail.

Alexander Dolgun

Solzhenitsyn included some of Dolgun’s experiences in his work The Gulag Archipelago. My first impression was of bedlam. Jan 15, Michael Brown rated it it was amazing. Aug 23, Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves: The true story of an American embassy employee in Russia, who was accused of dlgun, tried, convicted and sentence, and spent eight years in the Gulag.

Inhe published the bestseller Alexander Dolgun’s Story: I suppose this sort of thing could happen today. People died every day, especially the older men.

I absolutely loved this book. Such a g I absolutely loved this book. Keep in mind – that it was a long flight. Jul 06, Robby rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Dec 26, Pamela rated it really liked it. And Alexandr should be admired for surviving the http: He was falsely accused of espionage against the Soviet Union and endured a year of sleep and food deprivation, as well as brutal psychological and physical torture designed volgun prod him into “confessing” to his interrogator, Colonel Sidorov.

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Dolgun was initially incarcerated at Lefortovo and Lubyanka prisons dolgn Moscow until he was sent to Steplag in Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Trivia About Alexander Dolgun’ The final section is especially a slog, detailing his years of post-gulag life in Moscow struggling with the Russian bureaucracy to receive a permit to leave the country.

A truly troubling look at the horror of what was Stalinist Russia. I read this book about 30 years ago and have thought of it often. This is the true story of Alexander Dolgun and his experience in Soviet prison and then his 8 or alexandrr years in the Gulags.


This is my favourite all time book. Return to Book Page. This book takes a direct look at what it was really like to be taken in by the police for doing nothing and how terrible life was.

Oct 28, Chris rated it it was amazing. Ryumin intended to use Dolgun as a puppet in a show trial. If you dropped below your norm, you got a lower ration.

If you are ever having a bad day, read this book and your life won’t seem so unfair. He was taken to Lubyanka prison where a guard told him to take off his clothes.

Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag – Dolgun, Alexander; Watson, Patrick

Well written, but quite depressing. He was survived by his wife and son. Dolgun lots of courage to write down what happened to him. Like the personal stories of holocaust survivors this book describes the extent of suffering and pain a person will withstand or adjust to in an effort to stay alive. I can’t really remember the cover of the paperback that I actually did read. Humes, Dolgun managed to get an exit visa and relocated to RockvilleMaryland. Lists with This Book.

Open Preview See a Problem? A real-life tragedy, mixed with courage and spirit.