Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Essay - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Long Fiction Analysis

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his novels are better appreciated and understood when the author’s vision of himself as a writer is taken into consideration; he believed that a great writer must also be a prophet of his or her country. In this tradition of the great Russian novelists Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevski, Solzhenitsyn sought to discover a place for the individual in history and in art. Solzhenitsyn viewed art, history, life, and people as continually interacting, forming a single pulsing wave that creates a new, vibrant, and oftentimes disturbing vision of reality and the future. From his first publication, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, to his cycle of historical novels, Krasnoe koleso,...

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