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Collages and Fluctuations: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Modernist (Dis)Engagements

R. Tempest
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Richard Tempest

a professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois. He is the author of books and articles on Russian literature and history, as well as a novel (writing as Roland Harrington), Golden Bone (Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2004). He is currently completing a study of Solzhenitsyn’s literary works



Denials of the material reality of a published, empirical author were a bi-zarre Cold War topos, of which Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn became a target in 1971: one of the few times that his writerly mission and his oeuvre intersected with the emerging postmodernist strand in Western and Russian culture. On the other hand, Solzhenitsyn’s novel In the First Circle is a canonical work that is textually fluctuant as well as isochronous, while as refracted in the text, temporality and narrativity converge into an ontological congruity or even sameness. His later prose saw a shift from a vertical, hierarchical relationship between text and reader, to one that is more horizontal and interactive.

Keywords: Solzhenitsyn, Modernism, Postmodernism, In the First Circle, The Red Wheel, literary historiography, maximal narrator.