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Apricot Jam: And Other Stories by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

After years of residing in exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn again to Russia in 1994 and released a sequence of 8 powerfully paired tales. those groundbreaking works—interconnected and juxtaposed utilizing an experimental process Solzhenitsyn known as “binary”—join Solzhenitsyn’s already to be had fiction as one of the most strong literature of the 20th century.

With Soviet and post-Soviety lifestyles as their concentration, those tales weave and shift within their shared environment, illuminating the Russian adventure below the Soviet regime. In “The Upcoming Generation,” a professor promotes a lifeless yet proletarian pupil in basic terms out of excellent will. Years later, an identical professor unearths himself arrested and, in a impressive accident, his pupil turns into his interrogator. In “Nastenka,” younger ladies with an analogous identify lead regimen, ordered lives—until the Revolution exacts radical switch on them both.

The such a lot eloquent and acclaimed opponent of presidency oppression, Solzhenitsyn used to be offered the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, and his paintings maintains to obtain foreign acclaim. on hand for the 1st time in English, Apricot Jam and different Stories is a impressive instance of Solzhenitsyn’s singular kind and simply additional solidifies his position as a real literary giant.

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73. 10 No record survives of Defoe’s birth or baptism. He was probably born in London in autumn 1660, a few months after the Restoration; biographers sometimes assume a date of 30 September, the day of the fictional Crusoe’s birth (in 1632) and also his shipwreck (in 1659). 11 Charles Reade in Once a Week for 25 January–8 February 1873. Reade’s own œuvre was gloriously masterpiece-free; his best-known novel is The Cloister and the Hearth (1861). 12 John Bunyan, Grace Abounding, ed. John Stachniewski with Anita Pacheco (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), pp.

In Roxana, the memoir of a guilt-ridden adventuress who is apparently complicit in the murder of her own daughter, Defoe creates the voice of a virtuoso exponent of dissociation and extenuation who, in a deft appropriation of casuistical process, pleads poverty as the source of her actions ‘not . . 27 Casuistry is at the centre of this startling effect, but it functions in contrary ways. On one hand, casuistical methodology enables Moll and Roxana to undertake serious analysis of the urgent and peculiarly circumstanced cases of conscience with which the extreme environments they inhabit repeatedly confront them.

He also draws up a 19 T HO MA S K e y me r balance sheet of material and spiritual profit and loss, ‘very impartially, like Debtor and Creditor, the Comforts I enjoy’d, against the Miseries I suffer’d’ (RC, 57). It is as though all these methods are necessary, sequentially or in combination, to impose bearable structures of order and meaning on what he otherwise calls ‘my unaccountable Life’ (RC, 153). The next stage in the process is Crusoe’s journal, which, in one of the most technically interesting features of the novel, predominates for part of the text, offering a perspective similar in kind to Richardsonian ‘writing to the moment’ and significantly at variance with the retrospective stability that Crusoe finally achieves as he shapes his ordeal into a coherent progress from sin, through punishment and atonement, to eventual redemption.

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