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Schieferstein 1 A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich In A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich the author tells the tale of Ivan Denisovich Shukov a prisoner in a Russian work camp during the reign of Stalin who had been arrested for high treason Solzhenitsyn introduces the reader to the schedule that Shukov lived out on a specific day during his sentence at the work camp The beginning of the book depicts reveille at the work camp As soon as the rail was struck by the campguard which was like the bugle to soldiers that indicated the start of a new day in the camp a day of back- breaking work for the prisoners in the blistering cold On this particular day the author describes the windows being covered in frost two fingers thick I would expect this to be a normal occurrence considering the descriptions of the normal temperatures during the winter season at the camp For example the only time the prisoners got of work was when the temperature reached below -41 degrees Fahrenheit I would assume Shukov was most appreciative of the ninety minutes before all the prisoners assembled for work This was his time it belonged to him and to him only And it belonged to every man It was one of the if not the only time of the day you had to yourself Shukov had before always risen at reveille but on this particular day he didnt He was feeling ill Around him he listened to the sounds of the morning men dragging barrels of human waste out of the door a fellow prisoner named Alyosha reciting his prayers a squad leader complaining about how the camp has been delivered a smaller-than-usual supply of bread loaves
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