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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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. Mar 07, Simon Mcleish rated it it was ok. I had read a negative review of the book here stating that Lenin was portrayed overly negatively. It’s a humanizing portrait of Lenin, but one which informs how his cult was established. Solzhenitsyn excels here in decompressing the refined image of Lenin at the barricades and letting us see his endlessly disciplined, boring, often fruitless efforts to get to those barricades.

And there is no index. Feb 16, Jenny rated it liked it. An introspective Lenin is not what I expected. It was the intriguer Parvus who, on behalf of the Germans, really made things work.

Aug 27, Stephen Griffith rated it really liked it.

Lenin in Z├╝rich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Solzhenitsyn was the father of Ignat Solzhenitsyn, a conductor and pianist. He does it lenih staying so close to this repugnant man, mastering his twisted relations with his fellow revolutionaries and rivals, and recreating an epoch that, until it occurred, seemed like it might never occur–that instead of the barbaric thing that became Soviet communism might have taken shape as some kind of parliamentary leftism, social democratic style.

There’s little evidence I know of that contradicts Solzhenitsyn’s portrait of Lenin. Alezander and Lenin looked like harmless academics. Each week, lfnin editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Once that is done, it is an exciting read about Lenin’s last years before returning to Russia and starting the communist Soviet Union experiment. Separate publication of chapters on Vladimir Lenin, none of them published before this point, from The Red Wheel.


Robert burke rated it really liked it Sep 16, I have a lot of time for Solzhenitsyn’s prose, even as he interpolates his nuanced a,exander sensitive psychological study with obtusely dense historical nitty-gritty.

How will he ever get back to Russia. The author of the seminal and sometimes contested for its contextual emphasis Gulag Archipelago was understandably always going to have profound opposition to post-revolutionary Russia, yet I expected Solzhenitsyn’s overarching analysis of the pre-revolutionary, pre-Stalinist period to be far less conflated than this There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Jan 01, Chris rated it really liked it. Because it is a collection of excerpts, the narrative has a disjointed feel, but it succeeds in conveying the atmosphere of life in Switzerland during World War I, and introduces the reader to several figures prominent in the Socialist movement, including Lenin’s wife Nadya Krupskaya, girlfriend Inessa Armand, associates like Parvus, Radek, Sklarz, and others.

This was my first experience reading literature by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It feels like a compilation of notes on a subject that the author wasn’t really sure he wanted to write about. Mar 20, Eszter Balazs rated it really liked it. On the other hand, lejin book will stick with you in a way that historical accounts based on kenin will not. You see sozhenitsyn rag-tag networks of dedicated anarchists can use agitation, organization, propaganda alexanddr opportunism to weaken and destroy civil order.

I want to know what happened when he returned to Russia!


Lisa Delpeoples rated it liked zuricn Mar 19, Google new characters to get some context for their role in history. Originally published on my blog here in June Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Society must defend the ideas and ideals that undergird its flawed institutions. Never to show her hurt.


I really knew nothing about Lenin, but this has wetted my appetite. I found the book fascinating and very historically insightful about the character of Lenin, what he was doing in Zurich during WWI in preparation for the Russian Revolution.

This damned muddle over permanent revolution was another reason why he, Parvus and Trotsky had quarrelled. How he treated his wife, the few supporters and followers he had in the city, and how he worked with a sympathetic Russian businessman to get an agreement with the German government to provide a sealed train passage from Zurich across Germany to get to St.

So I read the whole book in just a few days. Of course Solzhenitsyn, who suffered under communism, must have hated Lenin, and yet with artistic fortitude and imagination, grounded in substantial research, he portrays the bald little man with the slits for eyes with compelling fidelity and in disturbing detail. zuridh

The presentation of Lenin’s interior monologues, while certainly based uzrich a wealth of material, cannot be separated from the political views of the author, and that surely adds to the unflattering portrait. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

LENIN IN ZURICH by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn | Kirkus Reviews

The missing chapters do not make you feel any lack of continuity except for the jumps in chapter numbers. The passion of the movement and the power of the philosophy is hard for me to fathom today. I couldn’t tell if I was reading something happening “now” or something that had happened in the past of the book Solzhenitsyn’s prose is the main reason that I gave this three stars.