Solzhenitsyn and the Modern World

Solzhenitsyn and the Modern World

by Edward E. Ericson
     
 
"A masterful book and one which makes a monumental contribution to the understanding of Solzhenitsyn." --David Aikman, Time Magazine

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"A masterful book and one which makes a monumental contribution to the understanding of Solzhenitsyn." --David Aikman, Time Magazine

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ericson argues that Russian novelist Aleksander Solzhenitsyn's moral vision, rooted in a ``Christian universalism'' that emphasizes individual responsibility and personal transformation, is profoundly relevant to the modern world. The prevailing Western view of him as an anti-democratic, anti-Western reactionary is wrong, insists Ericson ( Solzhenitsyn: A Moral Vision ). Solzhenitsyn saw a basic continuity between Lenin and Stalin in their brutal, totalitarian rule. This position is more tenable and credible today than most scholars once acknowledged, Ericson stresses. The publication of Solzhenitsyn's Rebuilding Russia (1990) leaves no doubt, he adds, that the Russian emigre writer is a proponent of grass-roots, decentralized democracy and a free-market economy. While this dense study does not entirely dispel the image of Solzhenitsyn as a messianic Russian nationalist, it is nevertheless a suggestive, rewarding reassessment of his work. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In chapter after detailed chapter, Ericson ( Solzhenitsyn: A Moral Vision , LJ 1/1/80) chips away at the prevailing Western view of his subject as antidemocratic, anti-Western, hypernationalistic, and messianic. Ericson focuses here on the significance of Solzhenitsyn's ideas for the contemporary world and the ways in which those ideas have been inaccurately portrayed and, consequently, debased. He focuses, too, on Solzhenitsyn's prescience regarding the demise of Communism and the restorative qualities of his Christian world view. This is by no means a literary interpretation; primary reference is to Solzhenitsyn's nonfiction sources. Despite Ericson's frequent conservative biases, he provides useful reassessment of a 20th-century giant. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-- Mark R. Yerburgh, Fern Ridge Community Lib., Veneta, Ore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780895265012
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing, Incorporated, An Eagle Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/25/1993
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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