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The Journals of a White Sea Wolf

ISBN: 9781843430476
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
Number of pages: 264
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In 1991, Mariusz Wilk, a Polish journalist long fascinated by the mysteries of the Russian soul, decided to take up residence in the Solovki islands, a lonely archipelago lost amid the far northern reaches of Russia's White Sea. For Wilk, these islands represented the quintessence of Russia—a place of exile and a microcosm of the crumbling Soviet empire. On the one hand, they were a cradle of the Orthodox faith and home to an important monastery; on the other, it was here that the first experimental gulag was built after the 1917 revolution. Over the course of the years, Wilk came to know every single one of the island's 1,000 or so residents. From his remote home, from which he sent regular dispatches to the Paris-based Polish newspaper, Kultura, he attempted to observe and come to terms with the complexities and contradictions of Russian history, its glorious past and the cruelty of Soviet Communism.

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