- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (August 4, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451228146
- ISBN-13: 978-0451228147
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (544 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Solzhenitsyn's first book, this economical, relentless novel is one of the most forceful artistic indictments of political oppression in the Stalin-era Soviet Union. The simply told story of a typical, grueling day of the titular character's life in a labor camp in Siberia, is a modern classic of Russian literature and quickly cemented Solzhenitsyn's international reputation upon publication in 1962. It is painfully apparent that Solzhenitsyn himself spent time in the gulags--he was imprisoned for nearly a decade as punishment for making derogatory statements about Stalin in a letter to a friend. --This text refers to the Print on Demand (Paperback) edition.
“A masterpiece...Squarely in the mainstream of Russia’s great literary traditions.”—The Nation
“An extraordinary human document.”—Moscow’s Daily Mail
“Cannot fail to arouse bitterness and pain in the heart of the reader. A literary and political event of the first magnitude.”—New Statesman
“Stark...the story of how one falsely accused convict and his fellow prisoners survived or perished in an arctic slave labor camp after the war.”—Time
“Both as a political tract and as a literary work, it is in the Doctor Zhivago category.”—Washington Post
“Dramatic...outspoken...graphically detailed...a moving human record.”—Library Journal
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1. The author artfully places his finger directly on the pulse of Russian culture and society during one of this nation's most turbulent periods, an era of infinitely morphing politics and attitudes. The absolute Monarchy of the Romanovs was crumbling as acts and thoughts of revolution spread pervasively through the chatter of young ideologues. Solzhenitsyn probes the internal activities of a few Russian families (one of which is clearly autobiographical) where characters holding various political views manifest and begin to develop.
2. Chiefly, the book is all about the first two weeks of World War One from the Russian perspective. A protagonist of sorts eventually emerges from this diaphanous yarn, Georgii Vorotyntsev, an intelligent and pragmatic Russian colonel who is highlighted by his shrewd judgment and his justifiable pessimism.
Of course in retrospect, we know that the Russian invasion of East Prussia [Germany] commenced like a ball of fire and then swiftly reversed itself into total disaster, mostly due to centralized military ineptness and wishful thinking by The Tsar and his dull-witted appointees. The inability of the Russian army to adapt strategy and tactics to the ever changing battlefield resulted in their early demise and continued to plague them throughout the war. In the story, Colonel Vorotyntsev attempts to effect early corrections but blind stupidity at the very top effectively bulldozes his most valiant efforts.
World War One was one of the stupidest wars ever fought -- it was initiated at the behest of out-of-control egos of the competing monarchs and as inconvenient treaties and alliances between these respective countries expanded the conflict into a global event. All concerned fully expected this war to be a brief one but of course, this was not to be and consequently millions were slaughtered, soldiers, sailors, and civilians alike.
The author wisely remained un-diverted by the complex causes of the war, steadfastly focusing upon his literary agenda to particularly describe events. He took on specific developments of the war's early period and ultimately yielded up the amazing minutiae of these events, fictional to some degree but still fairly accurate, much in parallel with how Tolstoy's War and Peace (Modern Library Classics) fictionally but precisely detailed Napoleon's invasion of Austria and subsequently of Russia.
From the beginning, Solzhenitsyn notes that he'll likely not finish this story in his lifetime but he clearly wanted to get a lengthy prologue of sorts into print, at least in part. Some of his characters are left hanging and we wonder what becomes of them. He even retracts a particular chapter [Chapter 22] for reasons which the reader remains uninformed. Solzhenitsyn's attitude comes through as, 'Something is better than nothing at all'. I wholly agree in this instance, especially since what he did yield up over these 622 pages is notably compelling.
It's not unusual to encounter unfinished works by noted Russian authors -- we see it with Pushkin but probably the most widely-known example is that of Gogol's masterpiece, Dead Souls: A Novel; however, I consider that we are blessed that all these significant, if incomplete tales, made it into print. Of course we additionally thankfully later get the author's November 1916: The Red Wheel / Knot II.
For all its warts [chiefly in the form of omissions], *August 1914* makes us drool a bit for more, thus the five stars which I have awarded this superb work. Michael Glenny's translation is articulate and flowing so that the reader might garner the entire scope of Solzhenitsyn's insightful writing. The maps located on the inside covers are indispensable -- in their absence most readers would be lost.
For any enthusiast of either Russian novels or for rabid war historians, I most emphatically recommend this superb fictional [and yet true] book.
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This classic is about a Russian prison. Predictability = Historic Accuracy.