Overwriting Chaos: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Fictive Worlds

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Richard Tempest examines Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s evolution as a literary artist from his early autobiographical novel Love the Revolution to the experimental mega-saga The Red Wheel, and beyond. Tempest shows how this author gives his characters a presence so textured that we can readily imagine them as figures of flesh and blood and thought and feeling. The study discusses Solzhenitsyn’s treatment of Lenin, Stalin, and the Russian Revolution; surprising predilection for textual puzzles and games à la Nabokov or even Borges; exploration of erotic themes; and his polemical interactions with Russian and Western modernism. Also included is new information about the writer’s life and art provided by his family, as well as Tempest’s interviews with him in 2003-7.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherAcademic Studies Press
Number of pages750
ISBN (Electronic)9781644690130
ISBN (Print)9781644690123
StatePublished - Dec 2019

Publication series

NameCultural Revolutions: Russia in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries


  • Solzhenitsyn
  • Nietzsche
  • philosophy
  • Soviet censors
  • 20th century fiction
  • twentieth-century fiction
  • modernism
  • The Red Wheel
  • Cancer Ward
  • In the First Circle
  • Love the Revolution
  • Turgenev Never Knew
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Soviet fiction
  • solzhenitsynovedenie
  • Soviet Russia
  • soviet literature
  • literary biography
  • biography
  • realism
  • war prose
  • medical novel
  • gulag
  • Soviet history
  • Stalin
  • Lenin


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