Title: The First Circle
Author: Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr I.
Publisher: Harper & Row, New York
Publication Date: 1968
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: VG
D-j Condition: G
Comments: Corners bumped. Bottom edge has some wrinkles. D-j has a few small tears.
Synopsis: Set in Moscow during a three-day period in December 1949, The First Circle is the story of the prisoner Gleb Nerzhin, a brilliant mathematician.
At the age of thirty-one, Nerzhin has survived the war years on the German front and the postwar years in a succession of Russian prisons and labor camps.
His story is interwoven with the stories of a dozen fellow prisoners – each an unforgettable human being – from the prison janitor to the tormented Marxist intellectual who designed the Dnieper dam; of the reigning elite and their conflicted subordinates; and of the women, wretched or privileged, bound to these men.
A landmark of Soviet literature, The First Circle is as powerful today as it was when it was first published, nearly thirty years ago.