Solzhenitsyn pp 45-101 | Cite as

After Democracy

  • Francis Barker


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.


Open Letter Soviet Leader Soviet Society Democratic Openness Solovetsky Island 
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