Books by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

11/16/2010 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"But do attempt it."
This vast, inordinately ambitious follow-up to Solzhenitsyn's long-aborning magnum opus The Red Wheel (whose first volume August 1914 appeared in English translation in 1972!), published in Russia in 1993, will alternately frustrate, exhaust, and generously reward readers willing to grapple with it. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE ALLIES by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"But for all its heroism and insight, of all Solzhenitsyn's books this may be the least satisfactory: His respect for those who helped him and his own reticence on personal matters join to make it perhaps the closest thing he has ever written to socialist realist odes to heroic tractor drivers."
A portion of Solzhenitsyn's memoir, The Oak and the Calf (1980), that could not be published originally because it reveals his allies in the Soviet Union and how he managed to get his writings out of the country. Read full book review >
Released: June 18, 1980

"Solzhenitsyn's organic nationalism lays behind his dogmatic rhetoric, however much obscured."
In his polemic, Nobel laureate Solzhenitsyn is becoming more fanatical with each foray down from his Vermont mountain. Read full book review >
Released: May 7, 1980

"Unsettling, but compelling."
Written in installments respectively dated 1967, 1971, 1973, and 1974, these memoirs begin with the critical and official "acceptance" of One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich and end with Solzheintsyn on a plane headed for West Germany, expelled. Read full book review >
Released: May 24, 1978

"But, in a fitting conclusion to the other two volumes, it is a powerful memorial to those who refused to become slaves in a nation gone awry."
Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn uses the final volume of his epic account of the Soviet penal camp system—covering the years from World War II to the present—to remind us that the Soviet peoples are not "such slaves as all those studies by liberal historians contemptuously make us out to be." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 1978

"Westerners meanwhile can rejoice that our degenerate, debilitated society at least gives Solzhenitsyn a free hearing."
This, the text of the 1978 Harvard commencement address, falls under the heading of what Gunter Grass recently called "one of those strange antifreedom speeches" Solzhenitsyn has been giving since he came to live in the United States—but it is not merely a jeremiad denouncing Western materialism, moral laxity, loss of nerve: "the calamity of an autonomous, irreligious humanistic consciousness." Read full book review >
PRUSSIAN NIGHTS by Robert Conquest
Released: June 1, 1977

"Nevertheless, this is a work of great interest, because of the poet's fame, because of the difficult circumstances of its composition, and because of its inherent contradiction; these are the battlefield recollections of a pacifist."
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, author of those weighty novels, has here produced in narrative verse a rather terse poem, drawn from his battle experiences in the closing days of WW II, composed in his head and memorized in his prison camp days. Read full book review >
WARNING TO THE WEST by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Released: Oct. 6, 1976

"Precisely because this is the worst possible time I have come to tell you about our experience over there,' he tells his labor audience—firmly, tersely, inescapably."
Probably not since Tolstoy have a writer's moral admonitions commanded the attention of Solzhenitsyn's. Read full book review >
LENIN IN ZURICH by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Released: March 15, 1976

"Despite Solzhenitsyn's determination to reduce Lenin to small, neurotic size, the book is good fun as historical reconstruction and an intriguing installment in the writer's effort to prove that the Russian Revolution was a vast misfortune."
This excerpt from Solzhenitsyn's projected multi-volume work on the Russian Revolution shows Lenin stewing in Switzerland during World War I, from 1914 to the spring of 1917, when, with the assistance of the German government, he returned to Russia to turn the liberal February Revolution into a Bolshevik seizure of power. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1975

"502), he reappears in full measure."
"No one is capable of encompassing all this, of course, and it would merely be a bore to read whole volumes," writes Solzhenitsyn in midstream. Read full book review >
Released: June 23, 1975

"Solzhenitsyn's name and expository power will reach, but not necessarily convert, a broad readership."
Two essays by Solzhenitsyn, with a counterpoint of contributions from six other underground writers who still live in the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
Released: June 24, 1974

"Meanwhile, 'I have come almost to love that monstrous world' of the Archipelago, he says — it was more rial than ordinary secular life."
We have lived through so very much, and almost none of it has been called by its right name." Read full book review >
14-AUG by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Released: Sept. 18, 1972

"A Book-of-the-Month Club selection."
The first part of what Solzhenitsyn has described as "the principal project" of his life's work, an epic study of Russia before, during and after the Revolution, whose "general conception. . .came to me upon graduation from high school," August 1914 describes the opening campaign of the Russian army in East Prussia, its strategic blunders, operational chaos, and general lack of coordination to a degree the Germans could hardly believe, and the bravery of the troops who were finally surrounded. Read full book review >
STORIES AND PROSE POEMS by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Released: July 19, 1971

"His new collection, with its stoical, plain, inward beauty, movingly reminds us that Solzhenitsyn seems never to have written a line that was not somehow tinged with hope."
Solzhenitsyn writes in the great Russian tradition of celebrating the calamity of being born a Russian. Read full book review >
THE FIRST CIRCLE by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Released: Sept. 1, 1968

"From Tsarist Russia to 'The Boss,' what a painfully repetitive uphill struggle, what a terrible world."
It seems clear that the works of rebellious Soviet writers have passed from the period of the "thaw" to that of power politics on an international scale. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1963

"All involved in its publication (translators, introducers, etc.) claim for it great 'artistic' values which we cannot share, although there is no question of its importance as a political and human document and as significant and tangible evidence of the de-Stalinization program."
While a few weeks ago it seemed as if Praeger would have a two month lead over Dutton in their presentation of this Soviet best seller, both the "authorized" edition (Dutton's) and the "unauthorized" (Praeger's) will appear almost simultaneously. Read full book review >