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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 technique Solzhenitsyn known as “binary”—join Solzhenitsyn’s already on hand paintings as essentially the most strong literature of the 20 th century.

With Soviet and post-Soviet lifestyles as their concentration, they weave and shift inside of their shared atmosphere, illuminating the Russian adventure below the Soviet regime. In “The Upcoming Generation,” a professor promotes a lifeless yet proletarian pupil merely out of excellent will. Years later, an analogous professor unearths himself arrested and, in a impressive accident, his scholar turns into his interrogator. In “Nastenka,” younger women with a similar identify lead regimen, ordered lives—until the Revolution exacts radical swap on them both.

The such a lot eloquent and acclaimed opponent of presidency oppression, Solzhenitsyn was once provided the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, and his paintings maintains to obtain overseas acclaim. to be had for the 1st time in English, Apricot Jam: And different Stories is a outstanding instance of Solzhenitsyn’s singular variety and simply additional solidifies his position as a real literary giant.

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171, also on punishing families. There was no surprise here; Ektov knew it would happen. Libin assured him that these orders were having a huge effect. So as not to fall victim to these measures, peasants were coming in and revealing who was in hiding and where. This might well be so. The Bolsheviks were applying a huge lever by taking families hostage. Who could hold out against this? Who does not love his children more than his own self? “And now,” Libin assured him, “there’s a great purge beginning in the villages.

Now, they said, we have found the path to the universal salvation of humanity; now we have the actual key to achieving the ideal of happiness for all the people. And what can your petty notions of one person helping another and the simple easing of day-to-day tribulations achieve in comparison with that? Many activists like Ektov were shamed and wounded by such reproaches and tried to justify themselves by arguing that their work was 21 22 ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN “also useful” for the general progress of humanity.

But there was a condition: he wanted a meeting with Polina. Libin confidently accepted his surrender. As for the meeting with his wife, that will only happen when you carry out our assignment. Then, of course—we’ll simply let you go back to your family. What else could he do? You would have to have an incredibly stony heart to trample in the mud all that was dearest to you. And now, for what cause? Oboyansky’s melodious incantations also left their trace on him. He was right, they were a powerful generation!

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