Apricot Jam: And Other Stories by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

After years of dwelling in exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn again to Russia in 1994 and released a sequence of 8 powerfully paired tales. those groundbreaking stories— interconnected and juxtaposed utilizing an experimental procedure Solzhenitsyn often called “binary”—join Solzhenitsyn’s already on hand paintings as essentially the most strong literature of the 20th century.

With Soviet and post-Soviet existence as their concentration, they weave and shift inside of their shared environment, illuminating the Russian adventure below the Soviet regime. In “The Upcoming Generation,” a professor promotes a lifeless yet proletarian scholar merely out of fine will. Years later, an analogous professor reveals himself arrested and, in a outstanding coincidence, his scholar turns into his interrogator. In “Nastenka,” younger ladies with a similar identify lead regimen, ordered lives—until the Revolution exacts radical switch on them both.

The so much eloquent and acclaimed opponent of presidency oppression, Solzhenitsyn used to be offered the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, and his paintings keeps to obtain overseas acclaim. on hand for the 1st time in English, Apricot Jam: And different Stories is a impressive instance of Solzhenitsyn’s singular kind and purely additional solidifies his position as a real literary giant.

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No longer fearing for the safety of Tambov city, the Red leaders began stationing their expanded forces through the three rebellious districts, in particular the Tambov District, aiming at systematically occupying it. (In a large village of some 10,000 inhabitants, they took eighty hostages and announced to the residents that if they did not turn in all their firearms by noon the next day, all eighty would be shot. The threat seemed far too extreme to be true, and the village did not believe it.

Throw off the communist yoke and go home with your rifle in your hands! Long live the Constituent Assembly! ” And for those who had not yet made up their minds: “Peasants! They steal your bread and your livestock! ” The communists replied with a mass of printed leaflets reflecting their usual narrow-minded class viewpoint or satirical cartoons: Antonov Ego 37 wearing a bloodstained cap, carrying a bloody knife, and on his chest, looking like medals, were drawings of Wrangel and Kerensky. “We, Antonov the First, Incendiary and Destroyer of Tambov, Autocrat of all Thieves and Bandits .

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. ) Matyukhin insisted that Ego come with him to a place a few versts away to meet his elder brother, who could confirm his identity. This was no problem for the Chekists, and they never hesitated; they had good cavalry horses and a stock of ammunition for their Nagans.

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