During an interview on television in the summer of , Alexander A. I. Solzhenitsyn, Lenin v Tsiurikhe (Paris, ); Lenin in Zurich (New York,. ). Chapters from Solzhenitsyn’s planned multi-volume work on war and revolution. Whether it is fiction Lenin in Zurich. by Alexander Solzhenitsyn Reviewed by. This excerpt from Solzhenitsyn’s projected multi-volume work on the Russian Revolution shows Lenin stewing in Switzerland during World War.
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Robert burke rated it really liked it Sep 16, The book follows on from August It’s almost as if he was on his way there, but just couldn’t help digging the knife in at inopportune moments. Marx and Lenin looked like harmless academics.
Power is coarsening, the lust for it is coarsening, but men and women who seek it often are riveting. How does one survive decades of failed conferences, idiotic alliances, betrayals, theoretical debates, detailed research into the history of revolution, and so forth?
This book consists of excerpts from the Red Wheel series. Lists with This Book. And there is no index.
And whenever there threatens to be something to the almost nihilistic cynicism concerning the chaotic, frequently ad hoc and vain machination of ideologues, Solzhenitsyn will do something frustrating, like go and dedicate most of a chapter to fawning over Alexander Parvus and his financial acumen nonetheless a fascinating character I was glad to learn of.
I registered a book at BookCrossing. The book provides a view of what Lenin was like as a man and also a flavour of the ferment of the revolution in Russia espec I came across this book while reading another work by the same author entitled August in which there is a chapter missing namely chapter It’s unfinished, but it still feels too chaotic.
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In the earlier books, the non-prisoners are just as much victims as the prisoners, and this makes everything work much better. There are some quotes near the end that state that Lenin was perfectly ready to have a reign of terror for however long it took to gain power. View all 5 comments. He was a bully and a schemer who reminds me of the negotiating style of one Washington potentate I knew: I couldn’t tell if I was reading something happening “now” or something that had happened in the past of the book Solzhenitsyn’s prose is the main reason that I gave this three stars.
Captures the spirit of the time pretty well, I think.
Solzhenitsyn admits to a certain amount of his own character coloring the Lenin he This was my first experience reading literature by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. This damned muddle over permanent revolution was another reason why he, Parvus and Trotsky had quarrelled.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Joel rated it really liked it Jan 12, But maybe that’s how Lenin was.
A fascinating insight into Lenin’s life in Zurich.
Like taking the Napoleon chapters out of ‘War and Peace’
This was my zuricb experience reading literature by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. I couldn’t tell if I was reading something happening “now” or something that had happened in the past of the book itself. This damned muddle over permanent revolution was another reason why he, Parvus I read this as a follow-up to his Augustas it contains the missing censored Chapter As lein they riding behind each other on a merry-go-round, they had all at different times moved to this position, and as each of them emerged from its shadow he had insisted that the other two were wrong.
To an extent this highlights my stark ambivalence about the novel. The presentation of Lenin’s interior monologues, while certainly based on a wealth of For me, the attraction of Solzhenitsyn’s work isn’t necessarily the craft of his storytelling so much as the stories he tells, and surely the story of a revolutionary leader in the dark days leading up to a cataclysmic historical event is a story worth telling. That’s the case in this book.
The other leaders – of whom Lenin is also contemptuous – are not portrayed in any better light. If so, let’s conspire together. So I read the whole book in just a few days. I’m a little surprised it was printed in this form, as it is quite a short novel around a fifth of the length of August Not all that long, and quite gripping history, though I have read reviews that say it is a fictionalized account.
Interior i lacks the genuine empathy of Solzhenitsyn’s earlier fiction–depicts his vexed relationship with French revolutionary Inessa Armand his lover and with his wife Natalya, who “stayed, determined never to stand in his leenin.
Lenin in Zürich
I like the insight S. Dec 17, Lukasz rated it liked it. Here’s a taste of it: First of all, since this is the man that set things in motion that set up the government that ultimately imprisoned Solzhenitsyn over non crimes, that’s kind of understandable.
For me, the attraction of Solzhenitsyn’s work isn’t necessarily the craft of his storytelling so much as the stories he tells, and surely the story of a revolutionary leader in the dark days leading up to a cataclysmic historical event is a story worth telling.
I was reading Catherine Merridale’s “Lenin on the Train” which chronicles the start of the Russian revolution and the machinations which led to Lenin’s return through Germany to oversee the budding uprising; and I remembered that I had purchased this at a book sale so I put down the other and started reading this.
Separate publication of chapters on Vladimir Lenin, none of them published before this point, from The Red Wheel. Aug 06, Patrick Peterson rated it really liked it Shelves: Good use of imagery and quite interesting.
What “we literary types” and many “journalistic types,” too, often lack is a,exander appreciation lebin politics as endless, grubby, conversation-by-conversation, argument-by-argument, failure-by-failure work.
Mark Schrad rated it really zuricj it Aug 08, Paperbackpages.