All of Shalamov's prose works are deeply connected to his own personal experiences in the forced labor camps of Kolyma. Most of his Kolyma Tales are autobiographical and can be viewed as both historical records and literary works. The objectivity of Shalamov's prose only adds to the chilling intensity of the stories. The tales are a testament to Shalamov's seventeen years in Stalinist Gulags. Shalamov...
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