Shalamov, Varlam 1907(?)–
A Russian short story writer and poet, Shalamov writes of the seventeen years he spent at Kolyma, a Soviet labor camp. Kolyma Tales, his only work in English translation, depicts the prisoners' daily struggle to survive. Critics stress his documentary presentation, devoid of political and philosophical overtones, when comparing him to Solzhenitsyn. His fiction is banned in the Soviet Union, although some of his verse is in circulation.