During an interview on television in the summer of , Alexander A. I. Solzhenitsyn, Lenin v Tsiurikhe (Paris, ); Lenin in Zurich (New York,. ). Chapters from Solzhenitsyn’s planned multi-volume work on war and revolution. Whether it is fiction Lenin in Zurich. by Alexander Solzhenitsyn Reviewed by. This excerpt from Solzhenitsyn’s projected multi-volume work on the Russian Revolution shows Lenin stewing in Switzerland during World War.
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He does it by staying so close to this repugnant man, mastering his twisted relations with his fellow revolutionaries and rivals, and recreating an epoch that, until it occurred, seemed like it might never occur–that vy of the barbaric solzhejitsyn that became Soviet communism might have taken shape as some kind of parliamentary leftism, social democratic style.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. May 16, Ray Evangelista rated it it was amazing. Solzhenifsyn his writings he helped to make the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet Union’s forced labor camp system—particularly The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovichtwo of his best-known works. Otherwise, radical revolutionaries are poised to destroy without mercy. I recommend creating one as you progress through the book.
LENIN IN ZURICH by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn | Kirkus Reviews
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The major part of the novel comprises chapters from a longer work, which means that you start with chapter 22 and it is followed by chapter 49 – a little disconcerting. Time is rushing by lejin, and it may be too late. I can’t really recommend this book, only because it doesn’t feel like a book to me.
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And yet that portrait rings true, especially to a reader who’s spent any time in with contemporary leftists. I couldn’t tell if I was reading something happening “now” or something that had happened in the past of the book Solzhenitsyn’s prose is the main reason that I gave this three stars. For all that, the book prodded me into deep reflection, and has some educational value: That the retelling of Lenin’s time in Zurich is inextricably bound up in Solzhenitsyn’s own life story adds extra layers of complexity to the narrative.
Once that is done, it is an exciting read about Lenin’s last years before returning to Russia and starting the communist Soviet Union experiment.
Lenin in Zürich
Joel rated it really liked it Jan 12, On the other hand, this book will surich with you in a way that historical accounts based on events will not. Be the first to discover new talent!
Oct 12, Brian rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 07, Simon Mcleish rated it it was ok. The author of the seminal and sometimes contested for its contextual emphasis Gulag Archipelago was understandably always going to have profound opposition to post-revolutionary Russia, yet I expected Solzhenitsyn’s overarching analysis of the pre-revolutionary, pre-Stalinist period to be far less conflated than this It is Solzhenitsyn’s recreation, from Lenin’s point of view, based on Lenin’s and his associates’ writings, of his life in exile unsuccessfully trying to promote Socialist revolution among the Swiss shortly before and during the February Revolution in Russia.
Nov 17, Jeffrey Cole added it. Jan 01, Chris rated it really liked it. The missing chapters do not make you feel any lack of continuity except for the jumps in chapter numbers. It’s almost as if he was on his way there, but just couldn’t help digging the knife in at inopportune moments. And whenever there threatens to be something to the almost nihilistic cynicism concerning the chaotic, frequently ad hoc and vain machination of ideologues, Solzhenitsyn will do something frustrating, like go and dedicate most of a chapter to fawning over Alexander Parvus and his financial acumen nonetheless a fascinating character I was glad to learn of.
May 03, David Harris rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 29, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. You leave this book with the impression that, had the historical die been cast a slightly different way, Lenin would be no different than the grumbling anarchists I took bonghits with a alexandef ago. I registered a book at BookCrossing.
Captures the spirit of the time pretty well, I think. I’m obviously coming at this with my own political principles. It was the intriguer Parvus who, on behalf of the Germans, really made wolzhenitsyn work.
Solzhenitsyn clearly has a superlative insight and understanding of the Russian Revolution. I read this as a lenim to his Augustas it contains the missing censored Chapter David Sanor rated it it was amazing May 26, Please provide an email address. So I read the whole book in just a few days.