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Stories and prose poemsby Alexan Solzhenitsyn
Synopses & Reviews
A new edition of the Russian Nobelists collection of novellas, short stories, and prose poems
Stories and Prose Poems contains twenty-two works of widely varied style and character from the Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. These shorter pieces demonstrate the extraordinary mastery of language that places Solzhenitsyn among the greatest Russian prose writers of the twentieth century.
When the two superb stories “Matryonas House” and “An Incident at Krechetovka Station” were first published in Russia in 1963, the Moscow Literary Gazette, the mouthpiece of the Soviet literary establishment, wrote: “His talent is so individual and so striking that from now on nothing that comes from his pen can fail to excite the liveliest interest.”
For some readers the most exciting discovery will be the astonishing group of sixteen prose poems. In these works of varying lengths, Solzhenitsyn has distilled the joy and bitterness of Russias fate into language of unrivaled lyrical purity.
About the Author
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist and historian, and the winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature. He served as a decorated commander in the Red Army during World War II before he was arrested for anti-Soviet propaganda and sentenced to eight years in a Soviet labor camp, where he drew inspiration for his controversial novel A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Exiled in 1974, he returned to Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and died in Moscow in 2008.
Table of Contents
Matryona's house.--For the good of the cause.--The Easter procession.--Zakhar-the-Pauch.--The right hand.--An incident at Krechetovka station.--Prose poems: Freedom to breathe, Lake Segden. The duckling. The ashes of a poet. The Elm log. Reflections. The city on the Neva. The puppy. The old bucket. In Yesenin country. The kolkhoz rucksack. The bonfire and the ants. A storm in the mountains. A journey along the Oka. At the start of the day. We will never die.
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