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We Never Make Mistakes: Two Short Novels,

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In "An Incident at Krechetovka Station," a Red Army lieutenant is confronted by a disturbing straggler soldier and must decide what to do with him. "Matryona's House" is the tale of an old peasant woman, whose tenacious struggle against cold, hunger, and greedy relatives is described by a young man who only understands her after her death.
Hardcover, 110 pages
Published December 1st 1971 by University of South Carolina Press (first published January 1st 1963)
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Mehrzad M.
خانه ی ماتریونا، در یک کلام، شرح دشواری های دردناک زندگی است که آدمی را به تامل در باب مفهوم زندگی و غایت آدمی در این جهان وا می دارد.

داستان، از بیان معلم از اردوگاه کار اجباری برگشته ی به دنبال آرامش ست. ساکن خانه ای روستایی می شود، که زندگی مشقت بار زنی ۶۰ ساله که از بسیاری از مسایل دست کشیده محوریت حرف های اوست. حوادث پیرامون این زن و شخصیت های متفاوت دیگر داستان، دست مایه درس زندگی ای است که در این کتاب نهفته.
رؤیا (Roya)
خانه ماتریونا داستان مردی که بعد از ده سال از زندان به خانه برگشته و به دنبال زندگی ساکت و بی دغدغه شغل معلمی را در یکی از دروترین مناطق روسیه پذیرفته و مستاجر زنی پیر و بیمار در کلبه ای محقر در میان جنگل شده است. ماتریونا فقیر, خانه درهم فروریخته, هم نشینان گربه ای افلیج و موش هایی خانه زاد و سوسکهایی از نوع لشگر هستند که نه تنها همخانه جدید را ناراحت نمیکنند که معنایی فراتر از ظاهری فقیر و ژنده در بردارند.

"شب ها, وقتی ماتریونا در خواب بود و من پشت میزم مطالعه میکردم, صدای خفیف خش خشی که موش ه
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Rita Jeronimo
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Não me foi fácil atribuir as estrelas a este livro. Oscilei de 3 a 5. Estabeleci as 4, sentindo que numa segunda leitura poderia tanto dar-lhe 5 como 3. É um belíssimo livro, sem dúvida. Soljenítsin arquitecta as narrativas de modo interessante e algo invulgar. Tem um ritmo que talvez esteja mais próximo da peça de teatro. Os acontecimentos não se antecipam, nem se revelam como um todo, mas vão-se revelando. É esse o ritmo. A casa da Matriona é uma das belas novelas que li. O Incidente na Estaçã ...more
Tina Tamman
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am still surprised that Solzhenitsyn was such a good writer.
Of these two short novellas I particularly liked the first which out of very unpromising material weaves an elegant and moving story about the confused state of mind likely to have existed here and there in the Soviet Union in 1941. The country had been drawn into war and the novella sucessfully and interestingly dissects the thoughts of just one young man. However, through his work and circumstances we learn so much about confusion
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Biblio Curious
Matryona's House is quite good and such a slow, leisurely story. The other stories in this collection share just a touch of a similar theme, just enough similarity to contribute to the commentary of Soviet Russia. It's a rich tapestry that Solzhenitsyn weaved together. I read only 1 of his Prose Poems at the end, so moving! So I'm going to leave them unread for a slower reading time. They'll be sweet when I re-read this later ^.^
Yasmin
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library-haves
Loved the story. Reminded me of my dad's grandma. Much love.
Matt
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, I thought Russian authors were hard to read. Not so in this case. This is a surprisingly easy-to-read novella.

A young man, first-person narrator of the story, released from prison, looking for work, eventually finds it in a village in the Russian province. There he lives as a tenant in the small house of Matrjona Vasilievna. The story deals with the two of them living together, about Matrjona's burdensome life and finally a tragedy. By the way, the story takes place starting in
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Sonya
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
خانه ی ماتریونا یک داستان کوتاه از زندگی پیرزنی هست که نماد خوبیهای فراموش شده از زندگی انسان هاست.
او در بند ساختن زندگی نبود، دنبال آراستن سر و ظاهر نبود، دنبال لباسهای زیبا نبود
او حتی شوهر و شش فرزندش را نیز از دست داده بود اما خوش اخلاقی اش را نه
او که همیشه دنبال کار بی مزد و خدمت برای دیگران بود
او از انسانهایی بود که بدون آنها دنیا جای قابل تحملی برای زیستن نبود
قسمتی از کتاب:
هر آنچه را برایم می پخت مطیعانه می خوردم و اگر چیز ناخوشایندی در غذا پیدا می شد با صبر و تحمل کنار می گذاشتم
دلم نم
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Bettie☯


HELLO is this the dispatcher?
UH?
Who is this, Dyachikin?
UH?
Don't give me UH, I'm asking you, is this Dyachikhin.


The old man smacked his thick pale lips and didn't answer right away - his words never came right away. It was as if they arrived limping on crutches from wherever they were born.
Moshtagh ghurdarvazi
آنها که بنا بر وجدان خود عمل میکنند همواره چهره ای نیکو دارند.
این کتاب شرح دشواری های دردناک زندگی است که آدمی را به تامل در باب مفهوم زندگی و غایت آدمی در این جهان وا می دارد.
Vimo
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Солженицын впервые открылся мне произведением "Один день Ивана Денисовича" и теперь накрепко влюбил в себя рассказом "Матрёнин двор". Для меня это - Ода чести гуманизма, человечности и одновременно грустная повесть о редкой чистоте души человека, о том самом "праведнике", "...без которого, по пословице, не стоит село.
Ни город.
Ни вся земля наша."
С таким вот праведником - пожилой вдовой Матрёной - судьба сводит автора, бывшего лагерного заключенного, Солженицина. В поисках "кондовой России", без р
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rosshalde
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read this book I remember why I love Soljenitsin. His expressions and subject which were choosen by him are just adorable.

About book; Both stories are cool but I especially amazed by "Matryona's House". Relations between russian villagers have remarkable determinations. I think Soljenitsin was tried to explain the concept of humanism through Matryona and I found it very impressive.


Kitap 2 öyküden oluşuyor. İlki idealist bir sovyet vatandaşı olan Zotov'un gönüllü olarak orduya katılması
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Jochen
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In der zweisprachigen Reclam-Reihe russischer Autoren bisher noch keinen Text gelesen, der nicht großartig war. Solschenizyn habe ich wegen seiner politischen Bedeutung nie als Schriftsteller wahrgenommen, das wird sich nach diesem Text ändern. Wie von einem wiederauferstandenen Tolstoi, eine sehr berührende, moderne Heiligenlegende aus dem tiefsten Rußland der 50er Jahre. "Aus staubiger, heißer Wüste", also wohl aus dem Lager, kehrt der Held "nach einer Zeit" nach Rußland zurück. Inzwischen sit ...more
Shane
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gem of a book that I found in a second hand bookstore. These were early stories before Solzhenitsyn became (in)famous with his later publications that landed him in jail. He captures the cold, greed, gridlock of Soviet-era bureacracy and the struggle for survival amidst deminished resources with dexterity. I had difficulty with some of his dialogue, as he refused to identify who was speaking (even when there were more than two people in the scene) and one had to make some intelligent guesses - ...more
Juan Hidalgo
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soy un fan incondicional de solzhenitsyn, aunque este no es uno de sus mejores libros sí está muy en su línea habitual.
Zeynab
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اين همه devoted بودن ماتريونا منو عصباني ميكنه. من ماتريوناها رو دوست دارم ولي تحسينشون نميكنم.
Becca Loo
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
first of all, one of the most bad ass titles everrr. the first story, "an incident at kerchetovka station" follows lieutenant zotov. the short novel is only 60 pages and not very eventful. we meet zotov in october performing his rather mundane task of overseeing certain trains through the station. it's obvious we're in russia during wartimes against germany. as a lieutenant he's not supposed to know too much about which trains go where and which echelons do what. late one night 4 soldiers are se ...more
Alejandro Teruel
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usb, ficción
The two novellas which make up this book were originally published in 1963, just after his highly acclaimed One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962), which was one of the first fictional accounts about the repressive stalinist regime allowed publication in the Soviet Union. It is interesting to see how both novellas prefigure some of his later work.

An Incident at Krechetova Station, while set during the second world war recalls the later August 1914. Its graphic but quiet depiction of the l
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Azaghedi
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian, 20th-century
This book contains two stories.

The first, "An Incident at Krechetovka Station," is a story (or vignette, really) concerning an apparatchik-type lieutenant, Zotov, whose paranoid fear of non-Communists leads him to almost certainly doom a man to a terrible fate. The action takes place in the space of one night, though it is frequently punctuated by the memories of Zotov, which serve to fill in the backstory and give context. He is an overzealous Party man, but not entirely unsympathetic; just mis
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Lauren
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contrary to what one might expect, I actually read "Matryona's House" for a History course, rather than a literature one. As a fan of Russian Literature, I've been meaning to read Solzhenitsyn for quite a long time now ("A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch" is sitting in my to-read pile, waiting for summer when I have free time). Overall, I found "Matryona's House" a worthwhile read, which manages to say a lot in its few pages. Though I usually prefer writers who employ a bit more description ...more
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اساسا شخصیتهای پذیرنده، کم خواه و صلحجو چه در داستانها و چه در دنیای واقعی برای من جذابیت چندانی ندارند. به خصوص در داستانها دلم میخواهد آدمها را معترض به شرایط بد و شجاع در ایستادگی در مقابل بیعدالتی و زور ببینم. با این حال ماتریونای داستان سولژنیتسین چنان با مهارت تصویر شده که نه تنها شکل انعطافش به نظرم بزدلانه نمیآید بلکه سولژنیتسین حس احترام مرا نسبت به چنین افرادی برمیانگیزد و وادارم میکند آنها را در جامعه اطرافم ببینم .احتمالا قضاوت کردن در مورد این گروه اقلیت از این به بعد برایم سختتر خو ...more
Mario Rufino
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: com-críticas
O meu texto sobre ”A Casa de Matriona” seguido de “Incidente na Estação de Kotchetovka” (Sextante) para o Diário Digital. Mais um grande livro deste autor russo.
Espero que gostem.
http://diariodigital.sapo.pt/news.asp...
Regina Andreassen
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Beautifully written! Matriona is an old woman, who lives in a country town, she is kind, fair, and satisfied with her life, in spite of the simplicity of the routine. Ignatich is the new teacher of the school...between them a friendship is born...there is joy and sorrow! A touching story!
Kit Masters
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book no end.
Would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Russian literature or has enjoyed "A day in the life ...".
As these are nice and short they may be a good taster of Solzhenitsyn before tackling "June 1914" "Cancer Ward," or "the Gulag Archipelago."

Enjoy!
Davide
La casa di Matrjona è composto da due racconti, uno, omonimo, parla di un maestro che abita nella casa di Matrjona una vecchia russa; il secondo, alla stazione di Krectovka, parla di un giovane ufficiale russo nella II guerra mondiale.
Shuka
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب دردناكه. ماتريونا اگر روسيه اصيل باشه به نظرم نويسنده داره بهش اعتراض مى كنه كه چرا سرنوشتش رو با دستاى خودش داد دست يه مشت حريص و انتقامجو.
Noora
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only Matryona's House.
Helen
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
This is a book of two powerful, and unforgettable, novellas - linked by the theme of trains.

The works feature two protagonists who are similar in their adjustment or devotion to the "idealism" of the communism, when Russia was part of the USSR. In the first novella, a dedicated railroad worker during the war is also in the military, and feels disappointed that he is not at the front but is instead keeping track of train shipments of material and soldiers to the front. We learn about his life an
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Ziya Murat Kirgiz
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabın içinde iki hikaye vardı. İlk hikaye Kreçetovka İstasyonunda Bir Olay: İkinci Dünya Savaşı yıllarında savaşa katılmak için can atıp gözlwrindeki rahatsızlıktan dolayı istasyon şefliğine atanan teğmenin öyküsüydüfakat sonu Amerikan filmleri gibi bitti. Ağır giden öykü birden polisiye havaya bürünmüştü ki sonun ne olduğunu okuyucuya bıraktı. Yani sonu böyle olmasaydı daha iyi bir not alabilirdi benden. İkinci hikaye de Matriyona'nin Evi. Bu hikaye daha güzeldi her ne kadar sonu acıklı bitse ...more
Steve
Two short stories by Solzhenitsyn, neither of which directly tackle the subject of his Gulag writings. Instead, these stories poke at the problems facing the USSR throughout WWII and post-war. 'An Incident at Krechetovka Station' is a longer story used as a vessel to show the organized chaos of the Soviet war machine and the shadowy bureaucracy of Stalin's judicial system. 'Matryona's House' is a biopic of a simple peasant woman who is taken advantage of by her friends and family. The narrator i ...more
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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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