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Graham Hough, 8 May 1986

To the Kwai and Back: War Drawings 1939-1945 
by Ronald Searle.
Collins/Imperial War Museum, 192 pp., £15, March 1986, 0 00 217436 7
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A World Apart 
by Gustav Herling, translated by Joseph Marek.
Heinemann, 262 pp., £9.95, April 1986, 0 434 35710 3
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... demonstration of the varieties of prison experience and the variety of reactions to it. To read Gustav Herling’s account of a Russian labour camp, as I did, just after Searle’s drawings had revived my own recollections, was to realise how much was the same and how much was different. The grisly routine of work camps seems to be much the same the ...

Levi’s Oyster

Karl Miller, 4 August 1988

The Drowned and the Saved 
by Prime Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal.
Joseph, 170 pp., £10.95, April 1988, 0 7181 3063 4
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... especially severe. Two years after this, in February 1987, she praised a Gulag memoir by Gustav Herling. A World Apart is a ‘truly golden’ work, despite the presence in it, apparently, of a foul anti-semitism. Herling is thought to resemble Dostoevsky, whose prototypical prison book, The House of the ...

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