Irina SirotinskayaIrina Sirotinskaya — close friend of Varlam Shalamov, the holder of the publication rights of his works.
Link to russian page of Irina Sirotinskaya.
My first impression of Varlam Tikhonovich? Big. There was the physique, tall and broad-shouldered, and then a clear sense of an extraordinary, formidable personality — from his first words, at first glance. I was to know him for many years. That first impression never changed, but it gained in complexity… It is impossible, nor should one reduce this complex, contradictory personality to a single denominator. Within him, different facets of his personality co-existed and battled, always at the boiling point.
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