Izvestiya of Saratov University.
ISSN 1817-7115 (Print)
ISSN 2541-898X (Online)

A. I. Solzhenitsyn

A. I. Solzhenitsyn in K. I. Chukovsky’s Diaries and Letters

The history of the two writers’ interaction is traced on the material of K. I. Chukovsky’s diaries and letters.

A. I. Solzhenitsyn and the Issue of the Unity of Russian Spiritual Culture

In the article the author regards the personality and oeuvre of A. I. Solzhenitsyn («Gulag Archipelago», «Red Wheel», «Russia in Collapse») from the perspective of the unity of Russian spiritual culture in relation to two political philosophies: conservatism and radicalism. Ideas of the Russian religious philosophy expounded in the works by S. L. Frank underlie the theoretical foundation of the paper. A special role is dedicated to the polemic judgments of the writer.

Rhetoric Roots of A. I. Solzhenistyn’s Novel «The First Circle»

The article analyzes the rhetoric roots of A. I. Solzhenitsyn’s novel «The First Circle». It is proved that the rhetoric nature of the novel as a genre – as described by M. M. Bakhtin and Yu. M. Lotman – is characteristic for Solzhenitsyn’s novel. Research of the rhetoric «sources» of the novel together with other roots of large epic genres in Solzhenitsyn’s oeuvre is an important route to the comprehension of both the nature of the writer’s artistic method and the genre of the Russian novel of the XXth century in general.

Ekphrasis as a Device in the Novel by A. I. Solzhenitsyn «The First Circle»

In the article the role of the picturesque ekphrases in the novel by A. I. Solzhenitsyn «The First Circle» is researched; the principles of the writer’s work with real visual objects are identified; abundant data has been gathered about the artist and graphic painter S. M. Ivashеv- Musatov, the prototype of the hero – artist Kondrashov-Ivanov; previously unattended ekphrasis variants in the early versions and the final version of the novel are studied in the paper.

Novel «The First Circle» in the Aspect of the Discursive Reflection of Concepts of the Russian Liberal Movement of the End of the XIIth and the Beginning of the XXth Centuries

The article dwells on the issue of how the ideas of the Russian liberal movement in the pre-October period are reflected in A. I. Solzhenitsyn’s novel «The First Circle». The author points out that those concepts are significantly meaningful in the conceptual structure of the novel; the interrelation of the concepts with the development of the theme of the Russian peasantry in this work by A. I. Solzhenitsyn is highlighted.

«March 1917» by A. Solzhenitsyn: Proverbs and Sayings in the Structure of the Third Knot of «Red Wheel»

The article analyzes the place and the function of proverbs and sayings in the structure of the third Knot of the historic epic «Red Wheel» by A. I. Solzhenitsyn – the novel «March 1917».

Labour Camp Theme for A. Solzhenitsyn and M. Prishvin

In the article the author considers Gulag theme on the material of A. I. Solzhenitsyn’s short story «One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich» and the novel by M. M. Prishvin «Tsar’s Road». The main characters of both writers remain free people despite their imprisonment. Common people, bearers of public morals, kept their souls pure through hardships, they are patient and hard-working, they abstain from evil, remain internally free in the atmosphere of the absence of freedom, preserving their name and their motherland

A. A. Ugrimov – the Critic of the First and Second Version of the «Nobel Lecture» of A. I. Solzhenitsyn

In the article the author addresses an unknown page in the life and ouevre of A. I. Solzhenitsyn associated with the criticism of the first and second versions of the text of his «Nobel lecture», which, at the request of the writer, was made by his associate and friend A. A. Ugrimov.

«Righteous Word» of Boris Shergin

In the article the authors analyze specific features of the diary style of B. V. Shergin, who managed to preserve the seamless synthesis of live folk, literary and Church Slavic languages that allows to identify the true ‘inner form’ of the Russian self-recognition embedded in the word.

The Anatomy of the ‘Soviet’ in the Literary Process of the Turn of the XX–XXIst Centuries: A. I. Solzhenitsyn and V. P. Aksyonov (Part II)

The second part of the article is dedicated to the analysis of the key motive and thematic complexes together determining the peculiarity of the ‘soviet’ reality as artistic unity, actualized in the works by A. I. Solzhenitsyn and V. P. Aksyonov (written and published at the turn of the XX–XXIst centuries). The phenomenon of fear is considered in the line of the ideological foundation of the ‘soviet’ system.