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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That’s the case in this book. Cameron rated it really liked it Jul 15, It includes the collaboration between Parvus, Lenin, and representatives of the Kaiser’s government that brought about the famous “sealed train” voyage that repatriated the Russian Socialist exiles from Switzerland in order to undermine the Russian war effort but that ended by destroying very much more. Well, one has to be relatively iron-willed and not lenun little monomaniacal.

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. The missing chapters do not make you feel any lack solzhenjtsyn continuity except for the jumps in chapter solzhejitsyn.

This damned muddle over permanent revolution was another reason why he, Parvus I read this as a follow-up lenn his Augustas it contains the missing censored Chapter In a way it was an odd approach, given Lenin’s basic nature as an intellectual, not a hunter, a fighter himself, or anything of the sort, but he had come to this conclusion intellectually, and it is a constant theme throughout Solzhenitsyn’s book.

I registered a book at BookCrossing. I found the book fascinating and very historically insightful about the character of Lenin, zuricg he was doing in Zurich during WWI in preparation for the Russian Revolution.

Solzhenitsyn’s Lenin is a pudgy, alexwnder, humorless fellow, chronically frustrated by finances and colleagues. Surely at least some of these people must have believed in what they were doing; surely at least some of them must have felt that a revolution would help people? On the other hand, this book will stick with you in a way that historical accounts based on events will not.

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Google new characters to get some context for their role alexanddr history. A fascinating insight into Lenin’s life in Zurich. May 03, David Harris rated it liked it Shelves: There was a problem adding your email address. Each week, our 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.


The other leaders – of whom Lenin is also contemptuous – are not portrayed in any better light. Interior monologue–which lacks the genuine empathy of Solzhenitsyn’s earlier fiction–depicts his vexed relationship with French revolutionary Inessa Armand his lover wlexander with his wife Natalya, who “stayed, determined never to stand in his way.

This is especially tragic as the scope of Solzhenitsyn’s research and insight into the period is frequently impressive, if sometimes erring on the side of seemingly transcribing his notes. In the earlier books, the non-prisoners are just b much victims as the prisoners, and this makes everything work much better.

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

May 16, Ray Evangelista rated it it was amazing. Separate publication of chapters on Vladimir Lenin, none of them published before this point, from The Red Wheel. To train herself not to feel it. Are you willing to shoot, club, start fires, bomb, and create mayhem?

The book–let’s call it that–is a psychological study of Lenin as a frustrated emigre revolutionary who had missed the action in the abortive Revolution of and finds himself holed up in Zurich, willfully keeping pace with his revolutionary monomania by writing, reading, and corresponding with other revolutionary socialists, ultimately to be known as communists.

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 sense of myopic nationalism to generate outrage, well, the author has descended into petty asides that undermine the potential power of any deeper critique. Civil institutions, however flawed, must be conserved.

I was reading Catherine Merridale’s “Lenin on the Train” which slzhenitsyn the start zzurich the Russian revolution and the machinations which led to Lenin’s return through Germany to oversee the budding uprising; and I remembered that I had purchased this at a book sale so I put down the other and started reading this. I can’t really recommend this book, only because it doesn’t feel like a book to me. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I recommend it as a sampler because it is focused and brief–a monologue inside the head of Vladimir Ulyanov Lenin during his Zurich years.


And there is no index. There’s little evidence I know of that contradicts Solzhenitsyn’s portrait of Lenin.

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You see how rag-tag networks of dedicated anarchists can use agitation, organization, propaganda and opportunism to weaken and destroy civil order. I really knew nothing about Lenin, but this has wetted my appetite. I couldn’t tell if I was bh something happening “now” or something that had happened in the past of the book itself.

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 Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn Russian: Never to show her hurt.

This is of a piece with his take on Lenin – a man whose head is almost literally splitting from an internal whirlwind of ambitions, failures and constraints. The major part of the novel comprises chapters from a longer work, which means that you start with chapter 22 and it is fo Originally published on my blog here in June Mar 20, Eszter Balazs rated it really liked it.

It feels like a compilation of notes on a subject that the author wasn’t really sure he wanted to write about. The book provides a view of what Lenin was like as a man and also a flavour of the ferment of the revolution in Russia espec I came across this book while reading another work by the same author entitled August in which there is a chapter missing namely chapter It is Solzhenitsyn’s recreation, from Lenin’s point of view, based on Lenin’s and his associates’ writings, of his life in exile unsuccessfully trying to promote Socialist revolution among the Swiss shortly before and during the February Revolution in Russia.

The Russian Revolution is beginning to unfold, but he’s stuck in the ultimate capitalist city, in exile.