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The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005

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This reader, compiled by renowned Solzhenitsyn scholars Edward E. Ericson, Jr., and Daniel J. Mahoney in collaboration with the Solzhenitsyn family, provides in one volume a rich and representative selection of Solzhenitsyn's voluminous works. Reproduced in their entirety are early poems, early and late short stories, early and late "miniatures" (or prose poems), and many ...more
Hardcover, 650 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
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Matt Young
This book, and all of Solzhenitsyn's work should be read by everybody and in particular Communist sympathizers for which I continually run into. Solzhenitsyn's love of his country (Russia) is apparent within all of his writings as is his sadness for what befell it. His descriptions of the Cancer Ward and the Gulags are crystal clear, you can feel the hunger and severe cold of Russian winters. I would like to take up the Gulag Archipelago but that will have to wait until I have the free time.
Jason Farley
I have never read solzheitsyn before (in fact, I can hardly spell his name), but I have always had a curiosity about Russia. This book is currently knocking my socks off. He is seriously insightful, but, perhaps because it is the translation, the rhythms of his thoughts are cracking my categories a bit. He is anti-modern in a sort of fun way, because I only know of Medieval anti-moderns, and he is not that, but he is still intreaguing and I am definitly enjoying it. Here are a couple of my favor ...more
Future generations will shake their heads in wonder at the way one of the greatest thinkers and prophet of the 20th Century was so misrepresented and ignored. During the Cold War he was lauded in the West as a symbol of opposition. But when Solzhenitsyn turned out to be also critical of the materialistic capitalist society he was quickly dropped as the "darling" of the West.

Now, as so many of the promises of capitalism also turn out to be hollow, it might be possible to re-evaluate this thinker.
Sep 19, 2007 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sovietologists, Russian Lit fans
Shelves: ongoing
Solzhenitsyn's work can certainly stand on its own. But the introductory essay in the reader opens up the historical experience, literary influences, and purpose of the Nobel laureate's work in a way that can only inform one's reading of his novels and poetry. An excellent introduction to those considering reading Solzhenitsyn's writings.
Thomas A Wiebe
This is a very important collection of Solzhenitsyn's writings, because it contains excerpts of books that have never been translated into English before.
A well-edited collection of Solzhenitsyn's best essays, stories, and political writings. If you only get one Solzhenitsyn book, let this be the one.
Only give three stars because I'm generally not a fan of compilations. Look forward to reading the complete versions of some of the works.
Nov 11, 2008 Debbi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Debbi by: saw a BookTV discussion w/ the editors and Solzhenitsyn's two so
Shelves: history, read-in-2008
Great introduction and it left me wanting to read the full versions of his stories.
Matt Root
This is a great entry into Solz.'s writings.
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