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August 1914: The Red Wheel 1: A Narrative in Discrete Periods of Time [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Alexander Solzhenitsyn , H. T. Willetts
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1. Dezember 1992 August 1914 (Buch 1)
Part of a sequence of novels about the Russian Revolution carrying the overall title of The Red Wheel. The other titles in this series include October 1916 and Lenin in Zurich. Other books by Solzhenitsyn include The Gulag Archipelago.

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  • Taschenbuch: 832 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin (Non-Classics); Auflage: Reprint (1. Dezember 1992)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0140071229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140071221
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,1 x 3,7 x 19,6 cm
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"A grand meditation on history, a masterly re-creation of people and faces caught up in the sweep of time, symbolized by a rolling fiery red wheel. The work is breathtaking in scope . . . Much credit for its power must go to Mr. Willetts's superb translation."--Gary Kern, The New York Times

"It is now clear that [Solzhenitsyn] towers over all his contemporaries, European, American, and Latin American . . . The greatness of Russia is in this novel as it has not been in any work of fiction since the generation of Dostoevski and Tolstoy."--Lionel Abel, The Wall Street Journal
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Part of a sequence of novels about the Russian Revolution carrying the overall title of "The Red Wheel". The other titles in this series include "October 1916" and "Lenin in Zurich". Other books by Solzhenitsyn include "The Gulag Archipelago".

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A window into Russia's heart of darkness 25. Dezember 1998
Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn's ("A.S.") August 1914: The Red Wheel paints a marvelous portrait of Russia at the crossroads of the 20th century. By way of background, I read David Remnick's Resurrection about Russia's post -USSR struggles. Remnick writes a beautiful chapter on A.S., his life, his exile, Western Europe and the U.S. intelligentsia's dismissive treatment of him, and his return to Russia. Reminick's extraordinary discourse on A.S. is the perfect prelude to this work because it allows the reader to view the work with a greater respect for the man and his vision. The work itself is compelling in its own right. Some have suggested that it would be helpful to have some background knowledge of the events leading up to W.W. I, the revolutionary ferment enveloping Russia between 1901 and 1917, and the "players' involved in that process. Fair enough comment, but not essential. The reader should not be scared off from this work merely because he/she does not consider themselves particularly knwoledgeable aout Russia. A.S.'s descriptions of the Battle of Tannenburg, the life and times of Stolypin and Bogrov, his assassin ,make for both beautiful writing and a deeper understanding of the events the made the October revolution a foregone conclusion. Finally, A.S.'s focus on the disastrous Battle of Tannenburg sheds great light on a critical battle that has not been more than cursorily examined by eminent historians such as Maritin Gilbert or even Winston Curchill in his classic World Crisis. My sole disappontment was with A.S.'s use of what may be called the 'camera-eye' or multi-media type inserts. It seemed stale compared to its breathtaking freshness when used by Dos Pasos in his U.S.A.. trilogy. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 20th Century Tolstoy explains 20th Century Russia 22. August 1999
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August 1914 is a historical novel examining the causes for the decline of 19th Century aristocratic Russia to a 20th Century Russia of Socialist experimentation. Solzhenitsyn (AS) picks up his 20th Century analysis of Russia where Tolstoy left off his 19th Century point of view. This is a powerful novel displaying history, as it defines its causality. It grapples with the character of the Russian who is about to face revolutionary change which will deliver the country and its people from an agrarian peasant society to an industrialist monstrous social catastrophe. AS examines how and why Russia went socialist. For students of the French Revolution, August 1914 is another manifestation of how that earlier revolution influenced and occurred in Russia. For students interested in the transition of a culture from 19th Century behavior and values to extreme expiramental 20th political practices, this book is mandatory. August 1914 best demonstrates Henry Adams' forecast that the 19th century mode of life would change radically in the 20th century. AS' dynamo is a war, a romantic urge and a people who are ready for change and have the temperment to change as they did. This is truly an absorbing book and an important book to anyone interested in the influence of Russia in the 20th century. It is a must read for anyone who is interested in Russian history. In fact, it is a great place to start for anyone who is beginning a survey of Russia of history.
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Solzhenitsyn's The Red Wheel, Knot I is an extraordinarily work. His attention to historical detail and ability to draw the reader into the mind of each character make this an extremely enjoyable reconstruction of this chaotic period in Russian history. Solzhenitsyn incorporates newspaper clippings, military communiqués, multiple character viewpoints including German, Russian, revolutionary, soldier, and student in an almost patchwork manner which conveys history's turbid nature. The author occasionally employs a screenplay method, which lends an interesting visual element to the book. Overall, the only comparable book I have read would be Tolstoy's War and Peace. Solzhenitsyn's The Red Wheel is not an "easy read", but I highly recommend it to anyone with some backround in Russian history (without which you may find yourself lost at times) and an interest in historical fiction. Read the "complete and unabridged" version to get the most out of this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ten times better than the original August 1914 22. November 1998
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If you have the original August 1914, you'll want to sell it to a used book store and use the money to buy this version. The original pales in comparision to Solzhenitsyn's complete effort in the revised version. The new version displays all of Solzhenitsyn's mastery of language and description, while the original was choppy and incomplete. Using Solzhenitsyn's screen directions, the original was in black and white, and the revised version is in living color. This book clearly qualifies Solzhenitsyn for Tolstoy status.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A searchlight on the dark night of the century 30. Juni 1999
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Only rarely [even among historians] do you find a writer who asks the truly big historical questions, such as "how did a century that began with so much hope and progress go so madly astray?" Solzhenitsyn grapples with this and much else in the opening of what looks to be the epic work on the Russian revolution.l
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