Urban Jungle

This week: Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn - who won the Nobel Prize for literature for his work about life in slave labour camps under Stalinism - announced by his son Stepan on Monday made me reflect on his work.

Friday, 8 August, 2008, 12:00am

Gulag parable

The Tyrant's Novel

(Sceptre) by Thomas Keneally

25 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Surviving the gulag

In a heart-warming salute to the resilience of the human spirit, Hong Kong's adopted writer Martin Booth tells the story of British citizen Alexander Bayliss, sent to a Russian gulag in the early 1950s after being accused of spying.

24 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Author's sad homecoming

AT 75, Alexander Solzhenitsyn is returning to the Russia of his dreams. The author is about to wake up to a less wonderful reality. But that matters less than another reality: that the new Russia is ready to open itself for his inspection.

26 May 1994 - 12:00am

Must act like civilised nations

MY compliments on publishing the book review on Laogai: The Chinese Gulag (South China Morning Post, April 17).

If the communists want to be treated as civilised people and host the Olympic Games, they should act like civilised nations and close down their camps for political prisoners.

30 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Put an end to island gulag

A FEW weeks ago several hundred Vietnamese detainees were taken out of a section of Whitehead Detention Centre, in what is believed to be a prelude to their forced repatriation to Vietnam.

Many of them were then shipped to the Green Island Reception Centre, a small concrete compound with half a dozen brick sheds surrounded by wire fences.

9 Feb 1993 - 12:00am