The last book from the Nobel Prize-winning author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
In this stunning final work of fiction, the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich introduces an astonishing set of characters whose day-to-day lives are transformed under the pressures of Soviet rule. These stories confirm Solzhenitsyn’s position alongside Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Babel as one of Russia’s greatest writers.
“One of the greatest writers of his time”
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“A remarkable human being, a visionary, a crusader in the simplest sense, who was steered in his writing, as in his actions, by a deep sense of justice”
“What was forgotten was how great a writer Solzhenitsyn was. But now we are reminded with these nine short stories written shortly after his return to Russia and published posthumously in an excellent translation … The more experimental ‘binary’ or two-part tales, which dominate this collection, share the qualities of Solzhenitsyn’s finest prose: its precision and visual clarity; the subtle irony and humour of its tone; its moral truth; and the skilful crafting and shaping of the story for emotional effect”
“Read these stories for a reminder of an extraordinary life, for the range of the interests they encompass and for a pugnacious moral energy that even the octogenarian writer was hard pressed to tame”
“In terms of the effect he has had on history, Solzhenitsyn is the dominant writer of [the twentieth] century”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970 and his work continues to receive international acclaim. Through his writings, particularly The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, he helped to make the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet Union’s forced labour camp system. He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and returned to Russia in 1994. He died in 2008.
These stories have been translated by Kenneth Lantz and Stephan Solzhenitsyn.