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Apricot Jam: And Other Stories by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

After years of residing in exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn lower back to Russia in 1994 and released a sequence of 8 powerfully paired tales. those groundbreaking stories— interconnected and juxtaposed utilizing an experimental strategy Solzhenitsyn known as “binary”—join Solzhenitsyn’s already on hand paintings as probably the most strong literature of the 20 th century.

With Soviet and post-Soviet lifestyles as their concentration, they weave and shift within their shared surroundings, illuminating the Russian event less than the Soviet regime. In “The Upcoming Generation,” a professor promotes a lifeless yet proletarian pupil in basic terms out of fine will. Years later, an identical professor unearths himself arrested and, in a remarkable accident, his pupil turns into his interrogator. In “Nastenka,” younger ladies with an identical identify lead regimen, ordered lives—until the Revolution exacts radical swap on them both.

The so much eloquent and acclaimed opponent of presidency oppression, Solzhenitsyn was once offered the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, and his paintings maintains to obtain overseas acclaim. on hand for the 1st time in English, Apricot Jam: And different Stories is a remarkable instance of Solzhenitsyn’s singular kind and simply additional solidifies his position as a real literary giant.

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It was impossible to answer these questions, but equally impossible not to answer. Both his cellmates were shady characters, and his heart told him to take care. He concocted some stories for them. April passed, and they still hadn’t identified him! But they did take more pictures. The pincers were closing. Then he was back in a single cell in the basement. May also passed. The days dragged on, but the nights were even more painful: at night, flat on his back, a man weakens along with his vital force of resistance.

Shoot me, torture my family, but I can’t betray these honest men! But at the same moment, his throat seized as if it had been scalded. As he swallowed, someone interrupted to put in his word. And then someone else. (The Chekists were playing their roles well, and each one of them had his own story about why no one had seen him in the uprising before. ) And now this moment of decisiveness had flown past and dissolved into impotence. At this, the two groups parted. Then he spent an endless and agonizing day with Kotovsky’s detachment.

The Chekists were playing their roles well, and each one of them had his own story about why no one had seen him in the uprising before. ) And now this moment of decisiveness had flown past and dissolved into impotence. At this, the two groups parted. Then he spent an endless and agonizing day with Kotovsky’s detachment. He despised himself. His treachery had plunged him into a nightmare of darkness. One could not go on living in such darkness, one could no longer be a man. ) Once I’ve done what they’ve asked, most likely they’ll just shoot me.

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