By Harold Bloom
Regardless of persecution and censorship in his place of birth, this Russian author has been capable of produce such very important works as at some point 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 foremost works of Alexander Solzhenitsyn via full-length severe essays via specialist literary critics. furthermore, this name contains a brief biography on Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a chronology of the author’s lifestyles, and an introductory essay written by means of Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale collage.
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In going to war, he makes it clear that he has realized that he must free himself from Tolstoy's adherence to abstract principles and live his own life. " For Solzhenitsyn the scene states the artistic—as opposed to the psychological-realization that Tolstoy, for all his genius, is inadequate and limiting. (As a fictional character, of course, Lazhenitsyn resembles two previous Solzhenitsyn characters who cannot live in accordance with beliefs—Rubin in The First Circle and Kostoglotov in Cancer Ward) Soviet Tolstoy scholars never tire of telling us that Lenin called Tolstoy "the mirror of the Russian revolution," and the family most in sympathy with Tolstoy's denial of the pleasures of the body and of poetry is the family of St.
Here we have the most explicit statement of Solzhenitsyn's enduring theme, the difference between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries; this statement firmly relegates Tolstoy to the nineteenth century. This chapter, and this paragraph in particular, show that neither novelists nor critics can afford to ignore extraliterary matters in dealing with the structure of tradition. If middle-level officers are the only heroes, then Vorotyntsev epitomizes them. But he has less to do with history than with War and Peace, especially Andrey and Pierre, and thus he forms another example of Solzhenitsyn's tessera with Tolstoy.
This simile may seem a bit abrupt unless one recalls Tolstoy's explanation of how the French got as far as Moscow after the Battle of Borodino. A collision occurs at Borodino. Neither one nor the other army falls apart, but the Russian army immediately after the collision retreats as necessarily as a ball which has collided with another, bearing down on it with greater force necessarily rolls back. Solzhenitsyn uses another of the explanations that Tolstoy borrowed from the natural sciences in chapter 39, when the confusion in the Russian army mounts, and no one knows what to do.