Synopses & Reviews
A new edition of the Russian Nobelists collection of novellas, short stories, and prose poems Stories and Prose Poems collects twenty-two works of wide-ranging style and character from the Nobel Prize-winner Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, whose shorter pieces showcase the extraordinary mastery of language that places him 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." The novella For the Good of the Cause and the short story "Zakhar-the-Pouch" in particular—both published in the Soviet Union before Solzhenitsyns exile—fearlessly address the deadening stranglehold of Soviet bureaucracy and the scandalous neglect of Russias cultural heritage. But readers who best know Solzhenitsyn through his novels will be delighted to discover the astonishing group of sixteen "prose poems." In these works of varying lengths—some as short as an aphorism—Solzhenitsyn distills the joy and bitterness of Russias fate into language of unrivaled lyrical purity.
“His new collection, with its stoical, plain, inward beauty, movingly reminds us that Solzhenitsyn seems never to have written a line that was not somehow tinged with hope.” —Kirkus Reviews
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.