Or, as Solzhenitsyn
stated more formally in his 1972 "Nobel Lecture on Literature":
This powerful work, at one and the same time a historical inquest, personal memoir, political meditation, and philosophical reflection, is more than the sum of its parts, as Natalia Solzhenitsyn
observes in her wise and memorable introduction ("The Gift of Incarnation") to the 2010 Russian abridgment.
The ex-convict was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
. He had spent eight years in the Soviet Gulag after writing an offhand jibe about Stalin in a letter to a friend.
"When men forget God," Solzhenitsyn
held, "Communism or a similar catastrophe is likely to be the fate that awaits them." In his 1973 Letter to Soviet Leaders, a personal copy of which was sent to Leonid Brezhnev, he rhetorically asked, "Could the Soviet leaders not see that it was ideology, the Progressive World View that led the regime to act in ways contrary to the interests of the Russian people?" He told Brezhnev that Christianity was the only living spiritual force capable of undertaking the spiritual healing of Russia.
evokes her husband's gigantic literary and historical work in identifying the causes of the Russian tragedy.
In commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the University of Notre Dame Press is releasing the first English translation of Nobel Prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
's epic work, March 1917, Node III, Book 1 of The Red Wheel, translated by Marian Schwartz.
Alas, he ultimately misconstrues my book--and my larger intellectual project--by pigeonholing it as a reductive "Western" interpretation of Solzhenitsyn
. I have always believed that the true predecessors and inspirations for Solzhenitsyn
include Christian thinkers such as Soloviev, Bulgakov, and Il'in who, like Solzhenitsyn
, drew on the best of the Western intellectual tradition while firmly rejecting those scientistic, atheistic, and subjectivist currents that identified human progress with the triumph of "anthropocentric humanism."
Bookending the sequence are chapters on a meeting that was supposed to take place between Nabokov and Alexander Solzhenitsyn
, but did not.
1994: Dissident writer Solzhenitsyn
returns Alexander Solzhenitsyn
has flown back to his native Russia after 20 years of exile in the United States.
1974: Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn
was expelled from the Soviet Union.
ONE night in early August 2008, my daughter, then aged nineteen and staying in Devon, sent a text to my mobile phone: 'Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Scammell's book about the Nobel Prize-winning dissident Russian writer Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn
: A Biography, published in 1984, was the first major biography to shed light on this towering yet secretive figure.