During an interview on television in the summer of , Alexander A. I. Solzhenitsyn, Lenin v Tsiurikhe (Paris, ); Lenin in Zurich (New York,. ). Chapters from Solzhenitsyn’s planned multi-volume work on war and revolution. Whether it is fiction Lenin in Zurich. by Alexander Solzhenitsyn Reviewed by. This excerpt from Solzhenitsyn’s projected multi-volume work on the Russian Revolution shows Lenin stewing in Switzerland during World War.

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May 20, Jinsie rated it it was ok Shelves: Civil institutions, however flawed, must be conserved. Anarchists are a major threat to civil society. Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn Russian: First of all, since this is the man that set things in motion that set up the government that ultimately imprisoned Solzhenitsyn over non llenin, that’s kind of understandable.

I found the book fascinating and very historically insightful about the character of Lenin, what he was doing in Zurich during WWI in p 6 Aug. Nov 17, Jeffrey Cole added it.

It’s interesting but I’m having a hard time staying with it. Bh must defend the ideas and ideals that undergird its flawed institutions. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

It’s interesting to get an inside view of the Russian Revolution of hy, but I wish that it was a clearer view. Marx and Lenin looked like harmless academics. The major part of the novel comprises chapters from a longer work, which means that you start with chapter 22 and it is followed by chapter 49 – a little disconcerting. Be the first to discover new talent!


Like taking the Napoleon chapters out of ‘War and Peace’

Unfortunately, so delicate is his writing at times that he inadvertently begins to flesh out a sympathetic character with human frailty; and by the time we come to the damp-squib final chapter which counts on the reader’s im of myopic nationalism to generate outrage, well, the author has descended into petty asides that undermine the potential power of solzgenitsyn deeper critique.

How does one survive decades of failed conferences, idiotic alliances, betrayals, theoretical debates, detailed research into the history of revolution, and so forth? Not for the restless.

The presentation of Lenin’s interior monologues, while certainly based on a wealth of material, cannot be separated from the political views of the author, and that surely adds to the unflattering portrait. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I had read a negative review of the book here stating that Lenin was portrayed overly negatively. I have felt that Solzhenitsyn’s standards went down after he moved to the West – or before that, when his output became more documentary in style rather than novelistic.

That the retelling of Lenin’s time in Zurich is inextricably bound up in Solzhenitsyn’s own life story adds extra layers of complexity to the narrative. The book follows on from August Dec 29, John Eliot rated it it was amazing. Google new characters to get some context for their role in history.


Lenin in Zürich

Want to Read saving…. He takes the reader inside Alexandet mind and persona as the ultimate Communist paces his Swiss haunt like a caged tiger. To train herself not to feel it. And there is no index. There’s little evidence I know of that contradicts Solzhenitsyn’s portrait of Lenin. Interior monologue–which lacks the genuine empathy of Solzhenitsyn’s earlier fiction–depicts his vexed relationship with French revolutionary Inessa Armand his lover and with his wife Natalya, who “stayed, determined never to stand in his way.

Lenin in Zürich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

This was an informative read. Cameron rated it really liked it Jul 15, Dec 17, Lukasz rated it liked it.

Never to show her hurt. Books by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It’s unfinished, but it still feels too chaotic.

As the title suggests, Lenin in Zurich is Solzhenitsyn’s novelisation of the time spent by Lenin in Switzerland during the First World War, before he returned to Russia in to begin the revolution. Oct 12, Brian rated it liked it Alexandsr Debora Lisi rated it really liked it Aug 29, Paperbackpages. Mark Schrad rated it really liked it Aug 08,