The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

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By (author) Slavomir Rawicz

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  • Publisher: The Lyons Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Guilford
  • ISBN 10: 1592289444
  • ISBN 13: 9781592289448
  • Illustrations note: line illustrations and maps
  • Sales rank: 61,896

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"I hope The Long Walk will remain as a memorial to all those who live and die for freedom, and for all those who for many reasons could not speak for themselves."--Slavomir Rawicz In 1941, the author and six other fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yakutsk--a camp where enduring hunger, cold, untended wounds, untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their march--over thousands of miles by foot--out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India is a remarkable statement about man's desire to be free. While the original book sold hundreds of thousands of copies, this updated paperback version includes a new Afterword by the author, as well as the author's Foreword to the Polish book. Written in a hauntingly detailed, no holds barred way, the new edition of The Long Walk is destined to outrank its classic status and guaranteed to forever stay in the reader's mind. *** Six-time Academy Award-nominee Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show, and The Dead Poets Society) recently directed The Way Back, a much-anticipated film based on The Long Walk. Starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, and Ed Harris, it is due for release in 2011.

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Slavomir Rawicz lived in England after the war, settling near Nottingham and working as a handicrafts and woodworking instructor, a cabinetmaker, and later as a technician in architectural ceramics at a school of art and design. He married an Englishwoman, with whom he had five children. He retired in 1975 after a heart attack, and lived a quiet life in the countryside until his death in 2004.

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"The Long Walk is a book that I absolutely could not put down and one that I will never forget..."--Stephen Ambrose "A poet with steel in his soul."--New York Times "One of the most amazing, heroic stories of this or any other time."--Chicago Tribune "A book filled with the spirit of human dignity and the courage of men seeking freedom." -Los Angeles Times "Heroism is not the domain of the powerful; it is the domain of people whose only other alternative is to give up and die... [The Long Walk] must be read-and reread, and passed along to friends."-National Geographic Adventure "The ultimate human endurance story...told with clarity, vivid description, and a good dash of romance and humor."-The Vancouver Sun "Essentially it comes down to some sort of inner tenacity and that is what is so gripping about the book because you know that this is actually about all of us. It's not just some Polish bloke who wanted to get home. It's about how we all struggle on every day. Somehow or other we find a reason to keep on going and it's the same here but on an epic scale".--Benedict Allen, explorer and bestselling author of Into the Abyss and Edge of Blue Heaven

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In 1941, the author and six other fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yakutsk a camp where enduring hunger, cold, untended wounds, untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their march over thousands of miles by foot out of Siberia and through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India was a remarkable journey through some of the most inhospitable conditions on the face of the earth. Written in a hauntingly detailed, no-holds-barred way, the book inspired the forthcoming Peter Weir film The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturges, and Ed Harris. Previous editions have sold hundreds of thousands of copies; this edition includes an afterword written by the author soon before his death, as well as the author's introduction to the book's Polish edition. Guaranteed to forever stay in the reader's mind, it will remain a testament to the strength of the human spirit, and the universal desire for freedom and dignity."