Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Harold Bloom

By Harold Bloom

Regardless of persecution and censorship in his fatherland, this Russian author has been capable of produce such vital works as sooner or later within the lifetime of Ivan Denisovich and The Gulag Archipelago. This name, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a part of Chelsea condominium Publishers’ sleek serious perspectives sequence, examines the foremost works of Alexander Solzhenitsyn via full-length severe essays by way of professional literary critics. additionally, this name incorporates a brief biography on Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a chronology of the author’s lifestyles, and an introductory essay written by means of Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college.

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He thus recalls, and nicely contrasts with, the famous instance of estrangement in War and Peace in which Nikolay Rostov cannot understand who the French soldiers are and why they would want to kill him. Blagodaryov understands perfectly well who the Germans are and why they want to kill him. " No simpleton, Blagodaryov is simply encountering Western material culture for the first time under trying and difficult conditions. No doubt many soldiers all over Europe in 1914 thought, "What kind of oddity is coming: it's like it's on wheels, but you can't see any wheels" at their first sight of an armored car.

Yelizaveta Anatolyevna knows better than to seek immediate release in life; the situation has come full circle, for she seeks in books other than Anna Karenina that which Anna had sought in life. Anna Karenina contains two prototypes for Rusanov: Aleksey Karenin and Stiva Oblonsky. " Feuer perceptively juxtaposes the following quotations from Anna Karenina and Cancer Ward: Aleksey Aleksandrovich [Karenin] was confronted with life . . and this seemed meaningless and incomprehensible to him, because it was life itself.

This list makes it clear that Solzhenitsyn changed the names only slightly, following Tolstoy's procedure in changing such well-known names as Obolensky and Volkonsky to Oblonsky and Bolkonsky. Both novels mix historical characters, relatives, and purely fictional characters. Just as War and Peace features two families, the Rostovs and the Bolkonskys, with one character, Pierre Bezukhov, who mediates between them, so in August 1914, we find two families, the Kharitonovs in Rostov and the Lenartoviches in St.

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