The main character in Aleksander I. Solzhenitsyn's famous work "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich". Shukov, a simple peasant, is placed in a Stalinist Gulag after being accused of treason on the Eastern Front during WWII. The novel tells one day of his prison life, a theme popular to the writer who served his own sentence there under Stalin. Solzhenitsyn also wrote "The Gulag Archipelago". Living most of his life under Communist totalitarianism, much of his work went unpublished for quite sometime. However, with the rise of Khrushev's anti-Stalinist policy, much of his work moved out of the underground and into the mainstream.