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The Oak And The Calf: Sketches Of Literary Life In The Soviet Union

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Изходната част на книгата е писана през пролетта на 1967 г., преди писмото на автора до IV конгрес на съветските писатели, — и в този момент не се е предполагало, че тя ще бъде продължена. Но едновременно с развоя на събитията възникнала потребност сюжетът да бъде продължен — и така последователно били написани три Допълнения — през ноември 1967, февруари
Published (first published January 1st 1975)
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John Wiswell
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a severe man. Cuffing his hands behind his back emboldened him, because he associated dangling arms freely with the listlessness of camp prisoners. His is a fascinating memoir of Soviet publishing. He takes you from his first days trying to get anything published, through getting politics into his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, and into his hectic escape from the country. You meet the major magazine men of post-Stalin Russia, witness all the mysterious disappearances a ...more
Adam Shields
Short review: I have been working on this for almost 3 months. I am giving up. There is some good insights into writing and politics. But the audio is bad, I don't have enough background in the era and I have too many other books. So I am giving up. But there really were some good things in what I read.

My longer review is on my blog at
Oct 05, 2008 Beth added it
I enjoyed learning the details of writing and publishing controversial books in the old Soviet Union--or the art of getting them published elsewhere. There are people struggling to write the truth under dictators all around the world. Just reading this book will give you a sense of what they are up against. Beth
Oct 03, 2008 Martha added it
I was telling Angie about goodreads and told her I would post her recommendations. She loved this book because it gave such a detailed picture of what it took for Solzhenitsyn to get his books published and to overcome the attempts of the Soviet state to suppress his work.
This was my favorite of all his books. Since I read it in the 70's, I don't remember why, but since it was about him as a writer, that's probably the reason I liked it.
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Oct 03, 2008 Ashley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody in 8th -12th grade social studies
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Joking more like a awesome book.
I hope I get a chance to read this.
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Memoir of author's 10-year battle to outwit Soviet authorities and get his works published.
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Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Soviet and Russian novelist, dramatist, and historian. Through his writings he helped to make the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet Union's forced labor camp system – particularly The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, two of his best-known works.

Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. He was exiled from
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