Gustaw Herling-Grudziński
A World Apart: Imprisonment in a Soviet Labor Camp During World War II


Gustaw Hering-Grudziński (1919-2000) was a Polish writer and journalist. A major figure of the Polish literary emigration of the XX century. In 1940 he was arrested in Lviv by NKVD and charged with espionage. He spent two years in a soviet labor camp. “A World apart” is the first book telling the truth about the existing in USSR illegal system of concentration camps. This is a documentary prose about brutal methods of “reforging the personality” that turned people into camp dust. The book was written in England in 1950 and was first published in English with a foreword by Bertrand Russell (1951). Translated into many languages. The Polish original came out in 1953 in London and only in 1989 in Warsaw. The book was first published in Russian in the London publishing house OPI in 1989, translated by Natalia Gorbanevskaya. The book is republished in the Ivan Limbakh Publishing House in the year of the centenary of Gustaw Hering-Grudziński.

ISBN 978-5-89059-362-7