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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: August 1914

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August 1914

In his monumental narrative of the outbreak of the First World War and the ill-fated Russian offensive into East Prussia, Solzhenitsyn has written what Nina Krushcheva, in The Nation, calls "a dramatically new interpretation of Russian history." The assassination of tsarist prime minister Pyotr Stolypin, a crucial event in the years leading up to the Revolution of 1917, is reconstructed from the alienating viewpoints of historical witnesses. The sole voice of reason among the advisers to Tsar Nikolai II, Stolypin died at the hands of the anarchist Mordko Bogrov, and with him perished Russia's last hope for reform.

August 1914 is the first volume of Solzhenitsyn's epic, The Red Wheel; the second is November 1916. Each of the subsequent volumes will concentrate on another critical moment or "knot," in the history of the Revolution.

Historical novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, published as Avgust chetyrnadtsatogo in Paris in 1971. An enlarged version, nearly double in size, was published in 1983. The novel treats Germany's crushing victory over Russia in their initial military engagement of World War I, the Battle of Tannenberg. The action takes place in the course of three days. The book's combination of epic sweep and brief time-span necessitated broad, efficient characterization, an effect that Solzhenitsyn attempts to achieve by means of frequent literary allusions and often biting irony. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

This edition of the Nobel laureate's epic novel of Russian history, which was first published in English in 1972, contains all of the text from the original plus additional material written after Solzhenitsyn's exile from the USSR in 1974. --Library Journal

The greatness of Russia is in this novel as it has not been in any work of fiction since the generation of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy.--Lionel Abel, The Wall Street Journal

A grand meditation on history, a masterly re-creation of people and fates caught up in the sweep of time, symbolized by a rolling fiery red wheel. The work is breathtaking in scope . . . Much credit for its power must go to Mr. Willetts's superb translation. --Gary Kern, The New York Times

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