By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Stephan Solzhenitsyn, Kenneth Lantz
On hand for the 1st time in English, Apricot Jam and different tales is the bright ultimate paintings of fiction from Nobel Prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Written within the years among Solzhenitsyn's go back to Russia from exile in 1994, and his loss of life in 2008, those tales make sure the author's place because the so much eloquent and acclaimed opponent of presidency oppression within the 20th century and as a real literary immense. Apricot Jam and different tales provides a sequence of fantastic images of the Russian lifestyles prior to, in the course of and after Soviet rule. In 'The New Generation', a professor promotes a pupil merely out of excellent will. Years later, an analogous professor unearths himself arrested and, in a amazing accident, his pupil turns into his interrogator. In 'Nastenka', younger women with an analogous identify lead regimen, ordered lives – till the Revolution exacts radical switch on them either.
With an unforgettable forged of army commanders, imprisoned activists and displaced households, those tales play out the ethical dilemmas and ideological conflicts that outlined Russia within the 20th century.
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Later it began to look like an evil face, but I still looked for it sometimes out of a vague curiosity. What frightened me that day suddenly was that the face, as I stared at it, narrowed its eyes and curled back its lips in a fierce and menacing silent snarl. The hallucination was quite real. The intentions of this evil old creature were clear. He intended to hurt me somehow. But the fear that started my heart beating fast and sent me walking up and down the cell and counting like mad was not the same fear as in a nightmare, when you believe in the terrible things you dream and are in a real way pursued by them.
Sidorov stood over me with his face close to mine. ” he said, with a sudden quiet in his voice. I did not trust my voice. ” The shock when his boot hit my shin on top of the first bruise made me gasp. The next kick made me yell out loud. “Please! Please! How can I tell you names I don’t know! Please! I’ll tell you any name! Boris, Andrei, I don’t know. ” The fist lashed out again and my consciousness just swam away. I have a vague memory of someone fumbling with a stethoscope at my chest, and fingers peeling back my burning eyelids.
There was blood on his face and his lip was swollen. There were bare pink patches on his scalp. He moaned with every breath, and from time to time his body arched and his stomach heaved a dry heave. And I thought, “That poor son of a bitch! Look how he suffers! But he doesn’t cry. ” I quite clearly stood outside myself and my suffering. It is my clearest recollection of that pulsing and blinding and confused and agony-filled night. For a while I had clarity and peace. I watched my own body suffer.
Apricot Jam and Other Stories by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Stephan Solzhenitsyn, Kenneth Lantz