Apricot Jam

And Other Stories
Product Number: EB00647353
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781582438467
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
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Description

A powerful collection of stories from the great exiled Russian novelist and Nobel Prize winner. After years of living in exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994 and published a series of eight powerfully paired stories. These groundbreaking stories—interconnected and juxtaposed using an experimental method Solzhenitsyn referred to as "binary"—join Solzhenitsyn's already available work as some of the most powerful literature of the twentieth century. Written "in bracing prose, eschewing artifice" (Financial Times) with Soviet and post-Soviet life as their focus, these stories weave and shift inside their shared setting, illuminating the Russian experience under the Soviet regime. In "The Upcoming Generation," a professor promotes a dull but proletarian student purely out of good will. Years later, the same professor finds himself arrested and, in a striking twist of fate, his student becomes his interrogator. In "Nastenka," two young women with the same name lead routine, ordered lives—until the Revolution exacts radical change on them both. "A haunting meditation on [Solzenhitsyn's] lifetime's dominant theme . . . Solzhenitsyn writes "The best stories in this collection stand among Solzhenitsyn's best work, and present a depth seldom found in the short story form." —Full-Stop.net "Via fiction he interrogates history, and reveals truth." —RIA Novosti

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Original Publish Date: Sep 01, 2011

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