The foreman of Gang 104, the work gang to which Shukhov belongs in the Gulag. Tyurin is a strict, but noble leader. As the foreman of the gang, he is a sort of father figure within the group, holding the welfare of the men in the forefront of his mind. Because of his dedication to the gang, Shukhov and other members of the gang respect him and follow his commands. Even though Tyurin holds a leadership role within the gang, he is also unjustly imprisoned, like the other men, simply for being the son of Kulak—an affluent farmer class that Stalin had vowed to eliminate. This experience allows him to be both a leader and an individual who identifies with the men he oversees.
The timeline below shows where the character Tyurin appears in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section1 (Shukhov wakes up to Kolya taking Shukhov’s temperature)
Section 2 (Kolya takes Shukhov’s Temperature to Volkovoy’s search)
Section 4 (The story of Shukhov leaving home to arrival at the work site)
Section 5 (The arrival at the work site to the beginning of work)
Section 6 (The beginning of work to news of the murdered stool pigeons)
Section 8 (Tyurin’s story to the end of the work day)
...laying bricks. Shukhov makes no mistakes, working hastily, but with incredible finesse. Every so often, Tyurin yells for more mortar, and intermittently, Shukhov yells the same thing, noting that when you... (full context)
...the ramp. Buynovsky grows frustrated with Fetyukov, and refuses to work with him any longer. Tyurin sends Fetyukov to move blocks and tells Alyoshka to help Buynovsky with the mortar. Buynovsky... (full context)
Section 9 (The end of the work day to the arrival at the camp)
Section 10 (Arrival at the camp to Tsezar’s arrival at the parcel room)
Section 11 (Tsezar’s arrival at the parcel room to the purchase of the tobacco)
...bowls. Fetyukov arrives, but leaves quickly to go scrounge for leftovers. He puts Pavlo and Tyurin’s supper to the side, making sure they are “thick bowls” with plenty of food with... (full context)
Section 12 (The purchase of the tobacco to Shukhov’s going to bed)