Sunday, August 31, 2008

Anna K. (Again) & Solzhenitsyn's Style

It’s a lazy, long weekend in this household, but here are quick links to a couple items in this week’s New York Times Book Review

-Irina Reyn’s What Happened to Anna K., reviewed in the “Fiction Chronicle” column by Jeff Turrentine, sounds like an interesting cross-cultural novel about a Russian émigré, Anna, who regrets her decision to marry a wealthy Russian man.

-This week’s essay, “Solzhenitsyn the Stylist,” by Michael Scammell, examines Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s writing style. Scammell concludes: “In remembering Solzhenitsyn, I would hate to lose sight of the irreverent, even playful, outsider and versatile stylist who preceded the solemn historian and gloomy prophet.” Scammell includes mentions of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, “Zakhar-the-Pouch,” and The Gulag Archipelago.

Irina Reyn on Amazon
Alexander Solzhenitsyn on Amazon


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