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2008 | 6 | 2-3(20) | 93-105
Article title

SHALAMOV'S TESTIMONY

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Languages of publication
PL
Abstracts
EN
This essay consists of two parts - historical and philosophical one. In the historical part, the author provides the reasoned overview of Kolyma, i.e., a system of Soviet labour camps in northeastern Siberia. The view is based on a Russian novelist and poet - who spent there a dozen or more years - Varlam Shalamov's 'Kolyma Tales'. In the philosophical part, the author tackles the issue of to what Kolyma does not testify, and to what it does testify. It does not testify - contrary to the sentimental myth - that in the order of values, a good man surpasses and will surpass an evil man, even in Kolyma. It does not testify either - contrary to the liberal myth - that Kolyma is exclusively a product of totalitarisms. It testifies instead that the human being is evil.
Contributors
  • Bohdan Chwedenczuk, c/o Uniwersytet Warszawski, Instytut Filozofii, ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 3, 00-047 Warszawa, Poland
References
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Publication order reference
Identifiers
CEJSH db identifier
09PLAAAA06797
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.5a62153b-ef46-3440-aa57-f48d1ab4d2b0
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