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Apricot Jam: And Other Stories

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A powerful collection of stories from the great exiled Russian novelist and Nobel Prize winner.

After years of living in exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994 and published a series of eight powerfully paired stories. These groundbreaking stories -- interconnected and juxtaposed using an experimental method Solzhenitsyn referred to as "binary" -- join Solzhenitsyn's already available work as some of the most powerful literature of the twentieth century.

Written "in bracing prose, eschewing artifice" (Financial Times) with Soviet and post-Soviet life as their focus, these stories weave and shift inside their shared setting, illuminating the Russian experience under the Soviet regime. In "The Upcoming Generation," a professor promotes a dull but proletarian student purely out of good will. Years later, the same professor finds himself arrested and, in a striking twist of fate, his student becomes his interrogator. In "Nastenka," two young women with the same name lead routine, ordered lives -- until the Revolution exacts radical change on them both.

"A haunting meditation on [Solzenhitsyn's] lifetime's dominant theme... Solzhenitsyn writes

"The best stories in this collection stand among Solzhenitsyn's best work, and present a depth seldom found in the short story form." --

"Via fiction he interrogates history, and reveals truth." -- RIA Novosti

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  • Publication Date: November 1, 2018
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • File Size: 1,053 KB

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