Solzhenitsyn's Writings (Part III)
The following is the third of a four part series of notes I took on Solzhenitsyn while at Hoover Institute June of 2005. I looked through the archived files of Alvin Kapusta to find that he had followed this famous Russian Solzhenitsyn very closely. Even though Kapusta was a Ukrainian diaspora from North Dakota originally, he must have seen how Solzhenitsyn’s cause he championed would help that of the forgotten Ukrainians during the 1930s. As I recall, Kapusta had a State Department position in Washington, D.C. so I’m sure he may have had an opportunity to meet with Solzhenitsyn at some point during his career. The following are mostly titles and/or quotes taken from different articles from newspapers covering Solzhenitsyn’s recent arrival to the U.S. in the 1970s.
1) The Listener April 29, 1976 “Lenin’s false promises—Solzhenitsyn on his new book” interview with Robert Robinson with A.I. Solzhenitsyn
2) Los Angeles Times Sun. April 25, 1976 “Lenin in Zurich”-Demythifying Supermarx” by Robert Kirsch – Lenin in Zurich
Book reviews Times Literary supplement London, April 1976 “A single-minded man” by Michael Scammell
Last paragraph – Nevertheless Lenin in Zurich is not, in the last analysis, history, nor is it biography. For not the least of Solzhenitsyn’s audacities is the proud claim he is making for the art of fiction. History, he seems to be saying, is not up to this job, has made a hash of the past. Biography likewise. Now it is time for the artist to take a hand. Impertinence? Certainly. And again one is reminded of Tolstoy, particularly, the Tolstoy of War and Peace.
3) The Japan Times Monday, April 19, 1976 “Solzhenitsyn on the Attack” by Max Lerner
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn is again waging a one-man campaign, as he did inside the Soviet Union. This time it is a campaign to awaken the West—the western European peoples and America as well—to the dangers of its own weakness in the face of Soviet expansionism
“Solzhenitsyn Working in California” by John Berthelsen, May 6, 1976
The Hoover center’s most prized collection on the revolution is the Okhrana archives, the files of the czarist secret police. “Not even the Soviets themselves have these documents” they were received during the 1920s from the last czarist ambassador to France, who moved to Switzerland after the fall of the imperial Russia. Their existence was concealed from the world until the death of the ambassador, who feared that the Bolsheviks would kill him when they learned of them. Contained in the files, are czarist secret police dossiers on the full range of Russian revolutionaries, including Lenin and Stalin.
Solzhenitsyn was working on a volume of his book on the year 1917
4) April 4, 1976 Washington Post “Solzhenitsyn Warning”
Last summer Alexandr I. Solzhenitsyn’s speech to an AFL-CIO banquet became Washington’s political event of the year. In a fiery, largely extemporaneous address, the exiled Russian writer sounded a passionate warning: “freedom, he said, was in retreat all over the world; détente was turning out to be a policy of surrender.; the West must make a firm stand against communist totalitarianism.
Another review of A.I.Solzhenitsyn’s book Lenin in Zurich by Bertram D. Wolfe, professor of Russian History emeritus in University of California Davis and presently senior researcher at Hoover Institution. Author of An Ideology in Power also writing a book “A Life in Two Centuries”
5) The following are titles of various newspaper articles and t.v. interviews with Solzhenitsyn:
Book reviews Modern age, Chicago, Summer 1976 “The Anatomy of Perdition” by J.M. Lalley
The Gulag Archipelago: an experiment in literary investigation vol. 2
Solzhenitsyn In Zurich, an interview “Encounter” April 1976
Lenin in Zurich is a sequel to August 1914
Here is not the Vladimir Ilyich of the “little Lenin library” and the Soviet hagiographers, or even the two dimensional portraits of western historical biographies.
Radio tv Reports In. 4435 Wis. Ave. NW, Wash. D.C. 20016
Program Firing Line
March 27, 1976
Full text transcribed of interview with Malcolm Muggeridge and Mr. Levine and Solzhenitsyn was interviewed by Buckley, Conducted by Michael Charlton of the BBC staff
The Washington Post, Sat. March 27, 1976 “The ‘Imminent’ Fall of the West” by Richard M. Weintraub
Muggeridge went so far as to call Solzhenitsyn, the “greatest man alive today”
La Quinzaine Litteraraire, Paris, March 16, 1976
The Solzhenitsyn Line by Roger Dadoun translated from French into English
Medvedev vs. Solzhenitsyn. March 13, 1976
Historian’s criticism points up differences among dissidents by Peter Osnos, Washington Post Foreign service
Medvedev denounces Solzhenitsyn and is lighter on Andreis Sakharov, the Nobel prize winning dissident physicist