The Long Walk

Summary and review of Slavomir Rawicz’z true life account of his imprisonment and escape from the Russian gulag.

This paper gives a brief biographical account of Slavomir Rawicz’s life and then reviews his book about his escape from a Russian prison in 1941. The paper summarizes the book, discusses the theme of the book, and describes the tone and intended audience of the book.
“The Soviet secret service was extremely suspicious of Polish citizens with, either Russian ties, or fluency in Russian. The fact that Rawicz could not only speak fluent Russian, had traveled to Russia, but had served in the Polish army as well, convinced Russian intelligence that Rawicz was, in all probability, a spy.”