The Gulag Archipelago, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Gulag Archipelago, history and memoir of life in the Soviet Union’s prison camp system by Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in Paris as Arkhipelag GULag in three volumes (1973–75). Gulag is a Russian acronym for the Soviet government agency that supervised the vast network of labour camps. The book is widely regarded as one of the key factors in taking down the Soviet concentration camps. Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1970.
Next up: Dante’s Divine Comedy
Made up of 3 books, the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Divine Comedy is the story of Dante’s journey up the hierarchy of love and his return to his first love (Beatrice, aka “that which confers blessedness”). Dante must journey down into the depths of hell, up through purgatory, and into heaven to meet his love.
Just Finished: The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Dostoevsky died less than four months after its publication. The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel set in 19th-century Russia, that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality.