By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
After years of dwelling in exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn back to Russia in 1994 and released a chain of 8 powerfully paired tales. those groundbreaking stories interconnected and juxtaposed utilizing an experimental approach Solzhenitsyn known as binary”join Solzhenitsyn’s already to be had paintings as the most strong literature of the 20 th century.
With Soviet and post-Soviet existence as their concentration, they weave and shift inside of their shared atmosphere, illuminating the Russian event below the Soviet regime. In The Upcoming Generation,” a professor promotes a lifeless yet proletarian scholar simply out of fine will. Years later, a similar professor reveals himself arrested and, in a outstanding accident, his scholar turns into his interrogator. In Nastenka,” younger ladies with an identical identify lead regimen, ordered livesuntil the Revolution exacts radical swap on them both.
The such a lot eloquent and acclaimed opponent of presidency oppression, Solzhenitsyn was once offered the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, and his paintings keeps to obtain foreign acclaim. on hand for the 1st time in English, Apricot Jam: And different Stories is a notable instance of Solzhenitsyn’s singular sort and merely additional solidifies his position as a real literary giant.
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Aleksandr Antonov’s younger brother Mitka, a village poet, always went into battle by his side. ) The riders stopped at the clearing. The main negotiators entered the forester’s hut, where two candles burned on the table. Their faces could just be made out. Misha Matyukhin had never seen Ego’s face, but his brother Ivan had. “He’ll vouch for me,” said Ektov, who could barely recognize his own voice and believe that he was serving such brazen falsehood to the peasants. But once he had taken his first steps across this shaky little bridge, there was no stopping.
46 ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN Yes, Antonov’s forces were finished! They were finished, and now there were only a few remnants to be mopped up. Hordes of them are coming to the Red headquarters and turning in their weapons. They’re also helping to locate and disarm the rest. In fact, a whole regiment of bandits came over to the Reds. ” Ektov couldn’t help but ask. ” Ektov knew them well. But believing Libin—that was another matter . . Libin even brought in some Tambov newspapers to back up his statement.
How could a democrat turn his back on the inexorable march of History, marred as it might be by cruelty and violence? Ektov could say a good deal more about cruelty and violence than his interrogator imagined. He could, but he did not dare. And his interrogator had picked the wrong approach: in this area Ektov felt on solid ground. He was a democrat, a populist whose heart had been moved by the tribulations of the peasantry, and there was not a trace of the White Guard in anything he had done. ) Libin, as if taking up this same cause of liberating the peasants, met him head on: “In days to come, school textbooks will tell of more than one episode of the heroism of the Red forces and communists in putting down this kulak rebellion.
Apricot Jam: And Other Stories by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn