By Harold Bloom
Regardless of persecution and censorship in his native land, this Russian author has been capable of produce such vital works as in the future within the lifetime of Ivan Denisovich and The Gulag Archipelago. This name, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a part of Chelsea condo Publishers’ smooth serious perspectives sequence, examines the key works of Alexander Solzhenitsyn via full-length severe essays by means of professional literary critics. moreover, this name contains a brief biography on Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a chronology of the author’s lifestyles, and an introductory essay written via Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college.
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Extra resources for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Bloom's Modern Critical Views)
He first appears in the novel in chapter 11, at Samsonov's headquarters at Ostrolenka, and thus he allows Solzhenitsyn to bring together fiction and history, just as Andrey's relationship to Kutuzov allows Tolstoy to do. But Vorotyntsev inhabits a different world from Andrey's. Andrey can retire to Bald Hills when he wishes and can take a government position for no pay; he also benefits from his father's name and influence. " None of this applies to Vorotyntsev. His family is impoverished; he is a professional soldier who must live on his salary, and he wins Samsonov's respect through his expertise.
In addition to these implicit relationships, Solzhenitsyn opens his work far more to Tolstoy than in The First Circle by allowing his characters to discuss Tolstoy and quote him extensively. In this way, Cancer Ward leads logically to August 1914, which is suffused with references to Tolstoy and even with Tolstoy's presence. August 1914 One cannot adequately discuss the relationships between August 1914 and War and Peace without some reference to the other novels, both Russian and non-Russian, which have dealt in varying ways with World War I.
Since the action takes place in August 1914, Tolstoy necessarily appears in a flashback, when Sanya Lazhenitsyn recalls a visit to Yasnaya Polyana while Tolstoy was still alive. As Chekhov had done on his first visit there, he feels intimidated by the imposing stone gates; but instead of going back, Lazhenitsyn cuts through the park, where he comes upon Tolstoy, who is taking his morning walk. Three features of this encounter seem especially noteworthy here. First, there is the topography of the park itself.