By Harold Bloom
Regardless of persecution and censorship in his native land, this Russian author has been capable of produce such very important works as in the future within the lifetime of Ivan Denisovich and The Gulag Archipelago. This identify, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a part of Chelsea condominium Publishers’ glossy severe perspectives sequence, examines the most important works of Alexander Solzhenitsyn via full-length severe essays via specialist literary critics. moreover, this identify contains a brief biography on Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a chronology of the author’s existence, and an introductory essay written through Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college.
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On the contrary, the more heat, the more the remaining snow hardens. Solzhenitsyn can play off these images against their source because Tolstoy is using the analogies from the natural sciences (one indication of his affinities with the radical critics of the 1860s) both to make and to justify the argument that human volition does not decide battles. In August 1914, however, human volition—or human incompetence—makes coherent action impossible. " The narrative gives this description of the entrance of the French army into Moscow in War and Peace: The French soldiers entered Moscow still in regular order.
Bennigsen believes in strategy, whereas Pierre, the innocent, cannot comprehend it. Artomonov, who has no doubt read War and Peace, does not believe in strategy, and he plays the role of the innocent no less for being a general. Vorotyntsev, a true man of the twentieth century who understands the danger of innocence, is infuriated. And, appropriately, innocence takes its toll: the battle at Usdau is a disaster for the Russians, mostly because of Artomonov. " He is constantly afraid of IT—when a cart pulls up, or when he hears distant gunfire.
In a way which characterizes an essential difference between Tolstoy and Solzhenitsyn, Rusanov retains Stiva Oblonsky's attitudes, while applying them to society. Like Tolstoy's characters in general, Rusanov cares passionately about public affairs. Unlike Stiva, he is a perfectly proper bourgeois husband and father who would never think of being unfaithful to his wife and who always has plenty of money. What he cannot understand (that is, concern himself with) is the effect of his work on others.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Harold Bloom