The Long Walk

by Slavomir Rawicz

Rating: 5 (1 vote)

Tags: Set in Russia Set in Mongolia Set in India Set in China Male author

The Long Walk

'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 Slavomir Rawicz was a young Polish cavalry officer. On 19 November 1939 he was arrested by the Russians and after brutal interrogation he was sentenced to twenty-five years in a gulag. After a three-month journey in the dead of winter to Siberia, life in a Soviet labour camp meant enduring hunger, extreme cold, untreated wounds and illnesses and facing the daily risk of arbitrary execution. Realising that to remain meant almost certain death, Rawicz, along with six companions, escaped. In June 1941, they crossed the trans-Siberian railway and headed south, climbing into Tibet and freedom in British India nine months later, in March 1942, having travelled over four thousand miles on foot through some of the harshest regions in the world, including the Gobi Desert, Tibet and the Himalayas. First published in 1956, this is one of the greatest true stories of escape, adventure and survival against all odds. In 2010, a film, The Way Back, based on the book, directed by six-time Academy Award-nominee Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show, and The Dead Poets Society) was released. It starred Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess and Ed Harris.


Read Around The World Challenge user profile avatar for Emily
(1 year ago)
23 Dec, 2022
Claims to be a true story of escape from a Serbian Gulag camp through the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas. Many elements of the now have been cast in doubt since this book was published in 1954. It is certainly a compilation of true events from multiple stories and does represent the era well, but take his claims with a grain of salt.

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