Overwriting Chaos

Overwriting Chaos

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Fictive Worlds

Richard Tempest


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  • The first study in English of Solzhenitsyn’s entire corpus of prose

  • Addressed to an academic audience as well as the general reader

  • Solzhenitsyn’s portraits of Lenin and Stalin as twin monsters of an utterly modern kind

  • The Russian revolution as a catastrophic turning point in world history that was both terrifying and farcical

  • Solzhenitsyn’s erotic codes

  • His polemical relationship with Western culture, from Plato and Nietzsche to modernism and rock music