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Alexander Solzhenitsyn: Cold War Icon, Gulag Author, Russian Nationalist?

Elisa Kriza

Published by Ibidem-Verlag Okt 2014, 2014
ISBN 10: 3838206908 / ISBN 13: 9783838206905
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Title: Alexander Solzhenitsyn: Cold War Icon, Gulag...

Publisher: Ibidem-Verlag Okt 2014

Publication Date: 2014

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Neuware - Alexander Solzhenitsyn was one of the Cold War`s most iconic writers. This book offers an in-depth analysis of his reception in the US, UK, and Germany before and after 1991. Elisa Kriza skillfully explores how Solzhenitsyn`s work can be understood with the paradigm of witness literature and uncovers the dynamics behind the politicized reception of his writing. From the mid-1980s onwards, Solzhenitsyn`s popularity dwindled was this for ideological reasons What about the rumors linking him with Russian nationalism This study does not shy away from stretching beyond anti-communism and touching more contentious subjects such as anti-feminism, anti-Semitism, and revisionism in Solzhenitsyn`s work and reception. Bringing Solzhenitsyn back from his `critical exile` and redefining his work as memory culture, Kriza`s book is a crucial scholarly intervention, unveiling the mechanism that can transform a controversial figure into a moral icon. 310 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9783838206905

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Synopsis: Alexander Solzhenitsyn was one of the Cold War's most iconic writers. This book offers an in-depth analysis of his reception in the US, UK, and Germany before and after 1991. Elisa Kriza skilfully explores how Solzhenitsyn's work can be understood with the paradigm of witness literature and uncovers the dynamics behind the politicised reception of his writing. From the mid-1980s onwards, Solzhenitsyn's popularity dwindled -- was this for ideological reasons? What about the rumours linking him with Russian nationalism? This study does not shy away from stretching beyond anti-communism and touching more contentious subjects -- such as anti-feminism, anti-Semitism, and revisionism -- in Solzhenitsyn's work and reception. Bringing Solzhenitsyn back from his 'critical exile' and redefining his work as memory culture, Kriza's book is a crucial scholarly intervention, unveiling the mechanism that can transform a controversial figure into a moral icon.

Review: This book shows a solid and comprehensive grasp of Solzhenitsyn's work and the huge body of criticism it has fostered. The comparative and interdisciplinary approach is organically embedded in the chapters' detailed readings and documents Kriza's capacity to master a differentiated use of vast material. -- Svend-Erik Larsen, Aarhus University Revising by nature, Elisa Kriza's study re-examines selected principal tendencies of Solzhenitsyn's reception in the Anglophone and German-speaking world since the 1960s, and contextualizes his oeuvre within the framework of witness literature and representations of confinement. The main (and timely) question she posits is: Political factors notwithstanding, should Solzhenitsyn still be read in the West today--and if yes, why and how? -- Andrei Rogatchevski, University of Troms , Norway

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