Baker & Taylor The government orders an imprisoned mathematician and his fellow inmates to identify a turncoat, forcing the prisoners to choose between helping the Stalinist regime that jailed them or being sent to death in the Siberian Gulags.
HARPERCOLL A major literary event 50 years in the making:In the First Circle is the first complete English translation of Nobel Prize–winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s “best novel” (Washington Post). With an introduction by Edward Erickson, this work by the author of The Gulag Archipelago is the story of a brilliant mathematician who finds himself locked in a Moscow prison filled with the country’s brightest minds and must decide whether to aid Stalin’s repressive state.
Baker & Taylor Moscow, Christmas Eve, 1949. The Soviet secret police intercept a call made to the American embassy by a Russian diplomat who promises to deliver secrets about the nascent Soviet Atomic Bomb program. On that same day, a brilliant mathematician is locked away inside a Moscow prison that houses the country's brightest minds. He and his fellow prisoners are charged with using their abilities to sleuth out the caller's identity, and they must choose whether to aid Joseph Stalin's repressive state -- or refuse and accept transfer to the Siberian Gulag camps and almost certain death. --from publisher description The government orders an imprisoned mathematician and his fellow genius inmates to figure out a turncoat's identity, forcing the prisoners to choose between helping the Stalinist regime that jailed them or being sent to certain death in the Siberian Gulags, in an edition that restores a significant amount of text originally cut by Soviet censors. Original. 50,000 first printing.