Originally written in and published in Paris, under the title "Au Pays du Grand Mensonge". The first part of his account of his time in the Soviet Union, The Russian Enigma, was distributed by the Labour Book Service in , and the complete text was published under the same title by Ink Links in The file was just too big and I can't seem to compress it without losing quality, so I posted it on mega. I still have a copy of the Ink Links hard copy paperback on my shelves. A substantial volume but well written, dramatic in parts, and a must read for anyone interested the decline of the Russian revolution.
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The Russian Enigma. Other editions. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Russian Enigma by Ante Ciliga. A clear and concise introduction to modern Russian history and politics. A valuable resource for students and anyone requiring a basic understanding of post-Soviet Russia.
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Ante Ciliga got drawn into the infighting between Soviet Communist party following the death of Lenin. Unfortunately for him at the time he had become close to members of party supporting Trotsky he would move away from them after finding out that they still supported the police system of the Soviet Union and only objected to themselves being targeted so he became a poli Arguably the most informative first hand account of the Soviet prison system, its evolution and place within Soviet Society.
Unfortunately for him at the time he had become close to members of party supporting Trotsky he would move away from them after finding out that they still supported the police system of the Soviet Union and only objected to themselves being targeted so he became a political prisoner. According the author bio Ciliga settled in the country from to , this not entirely accurate those are the dates that he was in the prison system. This is also the time period covered in the memoir.
Unlike many prisoners his intimate knowledge of the Soviet constitution and connections abroad and to the party meant that he was able to struggle against the secret police. In some parts of the account he's undergoing hunger strike or threatening to kill himself to prevent being sent to a labour camp with a deadly reputation.
Years later he's allowed to get a job and go on camping trips in a town in Siberia so long as he keeps reporting to the local Secret police office. As a prisoner he's also able to give an account of the political and economic development of the Soviet Union, as he encounters fresh political inmates who have now become targets for repression. Its a unique account of Soviet society.
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About Ante Ciliga. Ante Ciliga. Yugoslavian Communist of Croatian descent. Ciliga was one of the founders of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia and sympathized with the Left Opposition in he settled in the Soviet Union, where he lived from till In he was expelled from the Communist Party of Yugoslavia and in he was deported to a lab Yugoslavian Communist of Croatian descent.
In he was expelled from the Communist Party of Yugoslavia and in he was deported to a labor camp in Siberia. Late in life he became a Croatian nationalist. Books by Ante Ciliga.
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Ante Ciliga (1898-1992)
The death of the Croatian and South Slavic political commentator Dr. Its author; Anton Ciliga, was a Yugoslav Communist who had spent 10 years in the Soviet Union, nearly six of them in prisons, camps and Siberian exile as a member of the Trotskyite opposition. He succeeded in gaining freedom and departing for the West just as the Soviet Union was about to be swept into the maelstrom of Stalin's purges, and his book was one of the first in what has since become known as 'the literature of disillusionment,' as well as one of the earliest to disclose the hell of the Stalinist gulag … Not surprisingly, Ciliga was raked over the coals by West Europe's Stalinists and soi-disant 'progressives. The Russian Enigma has stood the test of time. Ciliga's passing was noted in certain small journals of an extreme leftist persuasion in France and Spain. When Ciliga broke with Trotsky and his associates. In , he cut off any link with Marxism and the labor movement.