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: Monday, 29 December, 2003

Tortuous Route To Publication

'The Gulag Archipelago'

It was in the same small flat on Moscow's central Tverskaya street where she still lives today that Yelena Chukovskaya began to type in the utmost secrecy Alexander Solzhenitsyn's famed "Gulag Archipelago".

"The Gulag Archipelago" was Solzhenitsyn's masterpiece, a work based on eyewitness accounts of more than 220 people who passed through the Soviet labor camps and offered a window into the hell that was the Gulag.

"He always thought that the Archipelago wasn't simply his book, but also the memory of those who had not survived it and had confided him with their stories," Chukovskaya said.

Seated in a living room of the three-room flat at six Tverskaya street, Chukovskaya, today a fragile, lively, smiling 72-year-old, recounted the details of those dangerous days.

She began typing the manuscript -- Solzhenitsyn's notes and handwritten pages handed secretly to her -- in the beginning of 1968 at the flat.

For a great read, 'The Gulag Archipelago'

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