By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, translated by Ralph Parker, dramatised by Mike Walker.
When Solzhenitsyn’s shattering picture of Stalin’s prison camps became an international bestseller in 1962, it seemed to signal a thaw in the Cold War. But the uncensored version of the novel did not appear until 1991- the year Solzhenitsyn’s citizenship was restored in Russia. This production from 2003 is rebroadcast to mark the recent death of the Nobel prize-winning author.
The story follows the routine of a single day in the camps - a dynamic demonstration of human resilience.
Ivan Denisovich : Neil Dudgeon
Tiurin : Philip Jackson
Alyoshka : Paul Chan
Fetuikov : Jonathan Tafler
Pavlo : Ben Onwukwe
The Captain : Bruce Purchase
Tsezar : Matthew Morgan
Kolya : Marty Rea
The Tartar : Stephen Critchlow
Dovchenko : Ben Crowe
Guard 1 : Seun Shote
Zec : Peter Darney
Director Ned Chaillet.
Approx. 57 minutes.
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.