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House of Meetings by Martin Amis

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Martin Amis’s new novel may be the first serious literary treatment by a non-Russian of what Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, in The Gulag Archipelago, called Russia’s “sewage-disposal system”: the prison camps that flourished in the Soviet Union from almost immediately after the October Revolution until well into the 1960’s. Solzhenitsyn also anticipated Amis’s main theme when he presented the essence of the camps’ moral code in a prisoner’s motto: “If they’re not f—–ing you, don’t lie down and ask for it.”

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