Solzhenitsyn: Prophet to America - A review of Solzhenitsyn and American Culture: The Russian Soul in the West

"By way of an introduction to the Gulag Archipelago, readers would profit from reading Daniel J. Mahoney’s essay titled 'Judging Communism and All Its Works' in the Solzhenitsyn and American Culture collection." - Acton

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josh p's picture

Looks like a must read for Solzhenitsyn fans. He is one of those authors that you can't fully understand unless you know some Russian history. One of the bravest men of his day. 

Bert Perry's picture

I'd argue that it's not just something that Solzhenitsyn fans ought to read, but really any thinking person.  I don't know how many times I've seen a defense of socialism and thought "haven't these guys read any Solzhenitsyn?"

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WallyMorris's picture

The parallels between Stalinist Soviet Union, China from late 40s to present, communist eastern Europe and some developing characteristics in the United States are staggering. But not completely unexpected. If someone believes that the world will see a literal 7 year Tribulation with an antichrist, then the political, social, religious, and economic mechanisms for that system must develop, be accepted, and be implemented before that kind of control can exist. Those who so loudly proclaim they are against fascism probably have not read any Solzhenitsyn, Sakharov, or others of that period. For my political science degree, I took 2 classes on communism. Current trends in the U.S. are indeed not to be ignored.

Wally Morris

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Fred Moritz's picture

Years ago I began to read several of his shorter works - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, We Never Make Mistakes, etc. I think I ended up reading is complete works. I also spent some time learning from Fred Schwarz of the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade.  I'd love to be able to discuss the issues with you.  I'd have to do a lot of review.

 

josh p's picture

By far my favorite secular work. Absolutely masterful. I haven’t read We Never Mistakes but I’d like to. I recommended it before here but the Econtalk discussion of Solzhenitsyn and In the First Circle was a great listen.

Fred Moritz's picture

We Never Make Mistakes is classic political satire. I think most of his work is rather readily available.

 

josh p's picture

I listen to a lot of books on Audible but it wasn't available so I bought it on paperback. Another I'd really like to get to is Cancer Ward. 

Bert Perry's picture

....lot of earthy things in Solzhenitsyn's work, to be fair, but it's powerful.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.