LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - Author

About the Author

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in 1918 and grew up in Rostov-on-Don. He graduated in physics and mathematics from Rostov University and studied literature by correspondence course at Moscow University. In World War II he fought as an artillery officer, attaining the rank of captain. In 1945, however, after making derogatory remarks about Stalin in a letter, he was arrested and summarily sentenced to eight years in forced labour camps, followed by internal exile. In 1957 he formally rehabilitated, and settled down to teaching and writing. The publication of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in Novy Mir in 1962 was followed by publication, in the West, of his novels Cancer Ward and The First Circle. In 1970 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 1974 his citizenship was revoked and he was expelled from the Soviet Union. He settled in Vermont and worked on his great historical cycle The Red Wheel. In 1990, with the fall of Soviet Communism, his citizenship was restored and four years later he returned to settle in Russia.

Featured books by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Other books by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Warning to the West

Warning to the West

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2019

`Can one part of humanity learn from the bitter experience of another or can it not? Is it possible or impossible to warn someone of danger...to assess soberly the worldwide menace that threatens to swallow the whole world? I was swallowed myself. I have been in the dragon's belly, in its red-hot innards. It was unable to digest me and threw me up. I have come to you as a witness to what it is like there, in the dragon's belly' During 1975 and 1976, Nobel Prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn embarked on a series of speeches across America and Britain that would shock and scandalise both countries. His message: the West was veering towards moral and spiritual bankruptcy, and with it the world's one hope against tyranny and totalitarianism. From Solzhenitsyn's warnings about the allure of communism, to his rebuke that the West should not abandon its age-old concepts of `good' and `evil', the speeches collected in Warning to the West provide insight into Solzhenitsyn's uncompromising moral vision. Read today, their message remains as powerfully urgent as when Solzhenitsyn first delivered them.

March 1917 The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 2

March 1917 The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 2

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

The Red Wheel is Nobel Prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's multivolume epic work about the Russian Revolution. He spent decades writing about just four of the most important periods, or nodes. This is the first time that the monumental March 1917-the third node-has been translated into English. It tells the story of the Russian Revolution itself, during which the Imperial government melts in the face of the mob, and the giants of the opposition also prove incapable of controlling the course of events. Together, these factors condemn Russia to chaos, destruction, and ultimately Communist dictatorship. The action of Book 2 (of four) of March 1917 is set during March 13-15, 1917, the Russian Revolution's turbulent second week. The revolution has already won inside the capital, Petrograd. News of the revolution flashes across all Russia through the telegraph system of the Ministry of Roads and Railways. But this is wartime, and the real power is with the army. At Emperor Nikolai II's order, the Supreme Command sends troops to suppress the revolution in Petrograd. Meanwhile, victory speeches ring out at Petrograd's Tauride Palace. Inside, two parallel power structures emerge: the Provisional Government and the Executive Committee of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies, which sends out its famous Order No. 1, presaging the destruction of the army. The Emperor hurries to leave his headquarters and join his family at Tsarskoye Selo. The troops sent to suppress the Petrograd revolution are halted by the army's own top commanders. The Emperor is detained and abdicates, and his ministers are jailed and sent to the Peter and Paul Fortress. This sweeping, historical novel is a must-read for Solzhenitsyn's many fans, as well as those interested in twentieth-century history, Russian history and literature, and military history.

Apricot Jam and Other Stories

Apricot Jam and Other Stories

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2018

In this, his atmospheric final work of fiction, the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich introduces an unforgettable set of characters whose day-to-day lives are transformed under the pressures of Soviet rule. These stories confirm Solzhenitsyn's position alongside Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Gogol as one of Russia's great writers.

Between Two Millstones, Book 1 Sketches of Exile, 1974-1978

Between Two Millstones, Book 1 Sketches of Exile, 1974-1978

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Daniel J. Mahoney Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2018

Russian Nobel prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) is widely acknowledged as one of the most important figures-and perhaps the most important writer-of the last century. To celebrate the centenary of his birth, the first English translation of his memoir of the West, Between Two Millstones, Book 1, is being published. Fast-paced, absorbing, and as compelling as the earlier installments of his memoir The Oak and the Calf (1975), Between Two Millstones begins on February 12, 1974, when Solzhenitsyn found himself forcibly expelled to Frankfurt, West Germany, as a result of the publication in the West of The Gulag Archipelago. Solzhenitsyn moved to Zurich, Switzerland, for a time and was considered the most famous man in the world, hounded by journalists and reporters. During this period, he found himself untethered and unable to work while he tried to acclimate to his new surroundings. Between Two Millstones contains vivid descriptions of Solzhenitsyn's journeys to various European countries and North American locales, where he and his wife Natalia ( Alya ) searched for a location to settle their young family. There are fascinating descriptions of one-on-one meetings with prominent individuals, detailed accounts of public speeches such as the 1978 Harvard University commencement, comments on his television appearances, accounts of his struggles with unscrupulous publishers and agents who mishandled the Western editions of his books, and the KGB disinformation efforts to besmirch his name. There are also passages on Solzhenitsyn's family and their property in Cavendish, Vermont, whose forested hillsides and harsh winters evoked his Russian homeland, and where he could finally work undisturbed on his ten-volume history of the Russian Revolution, The Red Wheel. Stories include the efforts made to assure a proper education for the writer's three sons, their desire to return one day to their home in Russia, and descriptions of his extraordinary wife, editor, literary advisor, and director of the Russian Social Fund, Alya, who successfully arranged, at great peril to herself and to her family, to smuggle Solzhenitsyn's invaluable archive out of the Soviet Union. Between Two Millstones is a literary event of the first magnitude. The book dramatically reflects the pain of Solzhenitsyn's separation from his Russian homeland and the chasm of miscomprehension between him and Western society.

The Gulag Archipelago

The Gulag Archipelago

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY JORDAN B. PETERSON 'Solzhenitsyn's masterpiece...The Gulag Archipelago helped create the world we live in today' Anne Applebaum THE OFFICIALLY APPROVED ABRIDGEMENT OF THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO VOLUMES I, II & III A vast canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and secret police, of informers and spies and interrogators but also of everyday heroism, The Gulag Archipelago is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's grand masterwork. Based on the testimony of some 200 survivors, and on the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's own eleven years in labour camps and exile, it chronicles the story of those at the heart of the Soviet Union who opposed Stalin, and for whom the key to survival lay not in hope but in despair. A thoroughly researched document and a feat of literary and imaginative power, this edition of The Gulag Archipelago was abridged into one volume at the author's wish and with his full co-operation. '[The Gulag Archipelago] helped to bring down an empire. Its importance can hardly be exaggerated' Doris Lessing, Sunday Telegraph

Between Two Millstones, Book 1

Between Two Millstones, Book 1

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2018

Russian Nobel prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) is widely acknowledged as one of the most important figures-and perhaps the most important writer-of the last century. To celebrate the centenary of his birth, the first English translation of his memoir of the West, Between Two Millstones, Book 1, is being published. Fast-paced, absorbing, and as compelling as the earlier installments of his memoir The Oak and the Calf (1975), Between Two Millstones begins on February 12, 1974, when Solzhenitsyn found himself forcibly expelled to Frankfurt, West Germany, as a result of the publication in the West of The Gulag Archipelago. Solzhenitsyn moved to Zurich, Switzerland, for a time and was considered the most famous man in the world, hounded by journalists and reporters. During this period, he found himself untethered and unable to work while he tried to acclimate to his new surroundings. Between Two Millstones contains vivid descriptions of Solzhenitsyn's journeys to various European countries and North American locales, where he and his wife Natalia ("e;Alya"e;) searched for a location to settle their young family. There are fascinating descriptions of one-on-one meetings with prominent individuals, detailed accounts of public speeches such as the 1978 Harvard University commencement, comments on his television appearances, accounts of his struggles with unscrupulous publishers and agents who mishandled the Western editions of his books, and the KGB disinformation efforts to besmirch his name. There are also passages on Solzhenitsyn's family and their property in Cavendish, Vermont, whose forested hillsides and harsh winters evoked his Russian homeland, and where he could finally work undisturbed on his ten-volume history of the Russian Revolution, The Red Wheel. Stories include the efforts made to assure a proper education for the writer's three sons, their desire to return one day to their home in Russia, and descriptions of his extraordinary wife, editor, literary advisor, and director of the Russian Social Fund, Alya, who successfully arranged, at great peril to herself and to her family, to smuggle Solzhenitsyn's invaluable archive out of the Soviet Union.Between Two Millstones is a literary event of the first magnitude. The book dramatically reflects the pain of Solzhenitsyn's separation from his Russian homeland and the chasm of miscomprehension between him and Western society.

Between Two Millstones, Book 1

Between Two Millstones, Book 1

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2018

Russian Nobel prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) is widely acknowledged as one of the most important figures-and perhaps the most important writer-of the last century. To celebrate the centenary of his birth, the first English translation of his memoir of the West, Between Two Millstones, Book 1, is being published. Fast-paced, absorbing, and as compelling as the earlier installments of his memoir The Oak and the Calf (1975), Between Two Millstones begins on February 12, 1974, when Solzhenitsyn found himself forcibly expelled to Frankfurt, West Germany, as a result of the publication in the West of The Gulag Archipelago. Solzhenitsyn moved to Zurich, Switzerland, for a time and was considered the most famous man in the world, hounded by journalists and reporters. During this period, he found himself untethered and unable to work while he tried to acclimate to his new surroundings. Between Two Millstones contains vivid descriptions of Solzhenitsyn's journeys to various European countries and North American locales, where he and his wife Natalia ("e;Alya"e;) searched for a location to settle their young family. There are fascinating descriptions of one-on-one meetings with prominent individuals, detailed accounts of public speeches such as the 1978 Harvard University commencement, comments on his television appearances, accounts of his struggles with unscrupulous publishers and agents who mishandled the Western editions of his books, and the KGB disinformation efforts to besmirch his name. There are also passages on Solzhenitsyn's family and their property in Cavendish, Vermont, whose forested hillsides and harsh winters evoked his Russian homeland, and where he could finally work undisturbed on his ten-volume history of the Russian Revolution, The Red Wheel. Stories include the efforts made to assure a proper education for the writer's three sons, their desire to return one day to their home in Russia, and descriptions of his extraordinary wife, editor, literary advisor, and director of the Russian Social Fund, Alya, who successfully arranged, at great peril to herself and to her family, to smuggle Solzhenitsyn's invaluable archive out of the Soviet Union.Between Two Millstones is a literary event of the first magnitude. The book dramatically reflects the pain of Solzhenitsyn's separation from his Russian homeland and the chasm of miscomprehension between him and Western society.

March 1917 The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 1

March 1917 The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 1

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2017

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the University of Notre Dame Press is proud to publish Nobel Prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's epic work March 1917, Node III, Book 1, of The Red Wheel. The Red Wheel is Solzhenitsyn's magnum opus about the Russian Revolution. Solzhenitsyn tells this story in the form of a meticulously researched historical novel, supplemented by newspaper headlines of the day, fragments of street action, cinematic screenplay, and historical overview. The first two nodes-August 1914 and November 1916-focus on Russia's crises and recovery, on revolutionary terrorism and its suppression, on the missed opportunity of Pyotr Stolypin's reforms, and how the surge of patriotism in August 1914 soured as Russia bled in World War I. March 1917-the third node-tells the story of the Russian Revolution itself, during which not only does the Imperial government melt in the face of the mob, but the leaders of the opposition prove utterly incapable of controlling the course of events. The action of book 1 (of four) of March 1917 is set during March 8-12. The absorbing narrative tells the stories of more than fifty characters during the days when the Russian Empire begins to crumble. Bread riots in the capital, Petrograd, go unchecked at first, and the police are beaten and killed by mobs. Efforts to put down the violence using the army trigger a mutiny in the numerous reserve regiments housed in the city, who kill their officers and rampage. The anti-Tsarist bourgeois opposition, horrified by the violence, scrambles to declare that it is provisionally taking power, while socialists immediately create a Soviet alternative to undermine it. Meanwhile, Emperor Nikolai II is away at military headquarters and his wife Aleksandra is isolated outside Petrograd, caring for their sick children. Suddenly, the viability of the Russian state itself is called into question. The Red Wheel has been compared to Tolstoy's War and Peace, for each work aims to narrate the story of an era in a way that elevates its universal significance. In much the same way as Homer's Iliad became the representative account of the Greek world and therefore the basis for Greek civilization, these historical epics perform a parallel role for our modern world.

Detente, Democracy and Dictatorship

Detente, Democracy and Dictatorship

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2017

The subject of Detente, Democracy and Dictatorship has been with us since the breakdown of the Cold War and the termination of the Soviet system, indeed, if not since the origins of Bolshevism. No more vigorous critic of the uneasy co-existence of democracy and dictatorship exists than the greatest writer that the Soviet era of Russian history produced, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.This third edition is based on major addresses, especially aimed at Americans, delivered in 1975 in Washington, D.C. and New York, and again, in 1978, at Harvard University in Cambridge, all on the subject of detente, democracy and dictatorship. It also includes Solzhenitsyn's final 2007 interview with the German publication Der Spiegel.These major statements are brilliant and forthright comment on the risks of confusing ideology with diplomacy. But more than that, they summarize the Soviet debacle, the theoretical underpinnings, and distill Solzhenitsyn's multi-volumed masterpiece, the Gulag Archipelago.

Dvesti let vmeste

Dvesti let vmeste

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2015

V 26 tome Sobraniya sochinenij publikuetsya pervaya chast' issledovaniya Dvesti let vmeste (1795-1995) (vpervye: M.: Russkij mir, 2001), posvyashhennaya russko-evrejskim otnosheniyam v dorevolyucionnoj Rossii. Avtor xarakterizuet i analiziruet menyavsheesya polozhenie evreev v Rossijskoj imperii, vydelyaya osobo vazhnye istoricheskie momenty (ehpoxa Velikix reform, pervaya russkaya revolyuciya, Pervaya mirovaya vojna). V pole zreniya Solzhenicyna vxodyat politika verxovnoj vlasti, otnoshenie k evreyam russkoj obshhestvennosti, rol' evreev v razvitii kapitalizma, ix uchastie v revolyucionnom dvizhenii, nachalo i rasprostranenie sionizma v Rossii, tragediya pogromov, bor'ba za otmenu cherty osedlosti i drugix ogranichitel'nyx norm. Cel' issledovaniya sformulirovana v predislovii: Poisk vsex tochek edinogo ponimaniya i vsex vozmozhnyx putej v budushhee, ochishhennyx ot gorechi proshlogo... Iskrenno starayus' ponyat' obe storony. Dlya ehtogo - pogruzhayus' v sobytiya, a ne v polemiku. Stremlyus' pokazat'.

Dvesti let vmeste

Dvesti let vmeste

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: eBook Release Date: 05/05/2015

V 27 tome Sobraniya sochinenij publikuetsya vtoraya chast' issledovaniya Dvesti let vmeste (vpervye: M.: Russkij mir, 2002), posvyashhennaya russko-evrejskim otnosheniyam v sovetskoe vremya. Reshitel'no otvergaya mif o sovershennoj evreyami revolyucii, avtor analiziruet uchastie evreev v sobytiyax 1917 goda i Grazhdanskoj vojne (v tom chisle v ryadax Belogo dvizheniya). Evrejskij vopros v SSSR rassmatrivaetsya v tesnoj svyazi kak s obshhej sud'boj evropejskogo evrejstva v XX veke i Katastrofoj, tak i s tragediej Rossii, okazavshejsya pod vlast'yu kommunistov: izvilistyj process assimilyacii evreev v 1920-1930-x gg. i ego sledstviya (v tom chisle rost nizovogo antisemitizma); sud'ba rossijskogo evrejstva v pervoj ehmigracii; evrei kak zhertvy i uchastniki kommunisticheskogo terrora (V lageryax Gulaga); evrei v vojnu s Germaniej. Podrobno rassmotren poslevoennyj povorot Stalina k politike gosudarstvennogo antisemitizma. V glavax 22-26 proslezhivayutsya peripetii russko-evrejskix otnoshenij vtoroj poloviny 1950-x - nachala 1980-x godov, isxod evreev iz Rossii, nachavshijsya posle Semidnevnoj vojny (1967). V zaklyuchenie avtor razmyshlyaet o slozhnostyax i paradoksax evrejskoj assimilyacii, simvolichno zavershaya knigu citatoj iz opublikovannogo v Izraile (1981) Pis'ma iz Rossii: Ya veryu, chto nesprosta ehto poluchilos' na putyax Rossii - ehtot kontakt dushi iudejskoj i dushi slavyanskoj, chto bylo tut kakoe-to prednaznachenie.

Invisible Allies

Invisible Allies

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2014

After his expulsion from Russia in 1974 for undermining the Communist regime, Solzhenitsyn wrote a secret record, while it was still fresh in his mind, of the courageous efforts of people who hid his writings and smuggled them to the West. Before the fall of Communism he could not have published Invisible Allies in conjunction with his memoir The Oak and the Calf without putting those friends in jeopardy. Now the facts may be revealed in this intimate account of the network of individuals who risked life and liberty to ensure that his works were concealed, circulated in samizdat , and exported via illicit channels. These conspirators, often unknown to one another, shared a devotion to the dissident writer's work and a hatred of an oppressive regime of censorship and denunciation. The circle was varied enough to include scholars and fellow writers, and also elderly babushkas who acted as couriers. With tenderness, respect and humour, Solzhenitsyn speaks of these partners in conspiracy: the women who typed copies of his works under the noses of prying neighbours; the journalists and diplomats who covertly carried microfilms across borders; the friends who hid various drafts of his works from the vigilance of the secret police.

Avgust Chetyrnadtsatogo

Avgust Chetyrnadtsatogo

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2014

K 100-letiyu so dnya nachala Pervoy mirovoy voyny posvyaschaetsya eto izdanie knigi, ne poteryavshey i segodnya svoey groznoy aktual'nosti. Avgust Chetyrnadtsatogo - grandioznyj zachin, pervyj iz chetyreh Uzlov odnoy iz samyh vazhnyh knig HH veka, romana-epopei velikogo russkogo pisatelya Aleksandra Solzhenitsyna Krasnoe Koleso. Rossiya vstupaet v Mirovuyu voynu s tyazhkim gruzom. Pozadi poluvekovoe protivostoyanie vlasti i obschestva, krovavye paroksizmy revolyutsii 1905-1906 goda, metaniya i oshibki poslednego russkogo imperatora Nikolaya Vtorogo, muzhestvennaya popytka prem'er-ministra Stolypina ostanovit' revolyutsiyu i provesti nasuschno neobhodimye reformy, ego tragicheskaya gibel' S nachalom nenuzhnoy voyny merknet nadezhda na neobhodimyj, edinstvenno spasitel'nyj dlya strany pokoy. Strashnym predvest'em buduschih bed okazyvaetsya katastrofa, nastignuvshaya armiyu generala Samsonova v Vostochnoy Prussii. Inogda chitatelyu, voshischennomu smelost'yu, umom, tseleustremlennost'yu, chelovecheskim dostoinstvom luchshih russkih lyudey - lyubimyh geroev Solzhenitsyna, kazhetsya, chto esche ne vse poteryano. No net - Krasnoe Koleso uzhe pokatilos' po Rossii. Ego neostanovimoe dvizhenie uzhe otkrylos' antagonistam - stolypintsu polkovniku Vorotyntsevu i buduschemu diktatoru Leninu.

August 1914

August 1914

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2014

`One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world' Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn In the first month of the First World War the Russian campaign against the Germans creaks into gear. Crippled by weak, indecisive leadership the Russian troops battle desperately, even as the inevitability of failure and their own sacrifice dawns. Solzhenitsyn's astounding work of historical fiction is a portrait of pre-revolutionary Russia, a tragic war story, and an epic novel in the great Russian tradition.

Apricot Jam and Other Stories

Apricot Jam and Other Stories

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

In this stunning final work of fiction, the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich introduces an astonishing set of characters whose day-to-day lives are transformed under the pressures of Soviet rule. These stories confirm Solzhenitsyn's position alongside Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Babel as one of Russia's greatest writers.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2011

One of the most extraordinary literary documents to have emerged from the Soviet Union, this is the story of labor camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov and his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of Communist oppression. Based on the author's own experience in the gulags, where he spent nearly a decade as punishment for making derogatory remarks against Stalin, the novel is an unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin's forced work camps. An instant classic upon publication in 1962, it confirmed Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's international stature as "e;a literary genius whose talent matches that of Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy"e; (Harrison Salisbury).

Author Info

Twitter Updates

If this is your author page then you can share your Twitter updates with your readers right here on LoveReading

Find out more

Facebook Updates

If this is your author page then you can share your Facebook updates with your readers right here on LoveReading

Find out more