Solzhenitsyn pp 45-101 | Cite as

After Democracy

  • Francis Barker

Abstract

The preceding analysis of the literary form of Solzhenitsyn’s early novels indicated there an ‘openness’ corresponding to the fissured and various character of the ideological conjuncture after the at least partial breakdown of monolithic Stalinist orthodoxy. The later period of Solzhenitsyn’s work, however, witnesses the solidification in his writing of a specific ideological perspective at odds with the polyphony of the previous fiction. Three more or less directly political texts have been selected here to represent this transition from democratic openness to reactionary closure, and to indicate the main contours of the developed ideology of Solzhenitsyn’s post-1967 work: the Open Letter to the Fourth Soviet Writers’ Congres., the Nobel Prize Lecture and the Letter to Soviet Leader.

Keywords

Steam Sewage Trench Defend Blindness 

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Notes

  1. 1.
    In L. Labedz, Solzhenitsyn: A Documentary Recor. (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972) pp. 106–12.Google Scholar
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    A. Solzhenitsyn, Letter to Soviet Leader., trans. H. Sternberg (London: Index on Censorship, 1974).Google Scholar
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    A. Solzhenitsyn, August 191., trans. M. Glenny (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1974). Chapter 22, omitted from this edition at the author’s request, is now to be found in Lenin in Zuric., trans. H. T. Willetts (London: Bodley Head, 1976).Google Scholar
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    R. Medvedev, ‘On Gulag Archipelago’, trans. T. Deutscher, New Left Revie., 85 (1974).Google Scholar
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    L. Trotsky, Literature and Revolutio., trans. R. Strunsky (University of Michigan, 1971), p. 222.Google Scholar

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