We have heard you, our patient (but demanding!) readers, and are delighted to present to you today, on Solzhenitsyn’s 100th birthday, newly uploaded versions of the complete Trilogy of films about Solzhenitsyn by Sergei Miroshnichenko. All of these come with excellent English subtitles. Happy watching!
At a ceremony today on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Street in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a new monument of Solzhenitsyn.
There is a slew of upcoming events in Moscow to mark the peak of the Solzhenitsyn Centennial. Highlights include the première of a new production of the Alexander Tchaikovsky opera “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”, conducted by Ignat Solzhenitsyn at the Bolshoi Theatre; the international conference “Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Looking Back from the 21st Century”; and a special theatrical production starring Evgeni Mironov at the legendary Moscow Art Theatre. See here for a more comprehensive list.
Cavendish's celebration of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 100th birthday will take place on Sunday Dec. 2, 4 pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church. There will be a screening of his farewell address to Cavendish, discussion, and a potluck supper. The Cavendish Historical Society will be providing refreshments. The snow date is Dec. 9 at the same time and place. FMI: email@example.com or 802-226-7807.
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, the conductor and pianist, and middle son of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, will present an intimate evening of music featured in and inspired by his father’s writings, along with excerpts from those writings, in honor of the centenary of his birth. The program includes piano works by Beethoven and Shostakovich, personal reflections, and a selection of Solzhenitsyn’s compelling poems, some of which will be heard in English for the very first time. This event takes place at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on Monday, 19 November 2018 at 7.30pm. For more details and tickets, go here.
A major three-day conference and exhibit of Solzhenitsyn’s manuscripts entitled, “ALEXANDRE SOLJENITSYNE: UN ÉCRIVAIN EN LUTTE AVEC SON SIÈCLE”, begins in Paris on Monday at the Institut de France and the Sorbonne. More info on the conference website.
Cavendish historian and author Margo Caulfield will speak in Burlington, Vermont on Thu, 15 November as part of Vermont Historical Society’s Third Thursday series. Her topic is “"I Wrote and Waited": Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Life in Cavendish, VT”. The event will be streamed live on Facebook, with viewers able to ask questions.
The 2013-14 Pushkin Museum Solzhenitsyn exhibit, Александр Солженицын: Из-под глыб (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: From Under the Rubble) is now viewable online, complete with full exhibit catalog and VR (virtual reality) tour, in time for Solzhenitsyn@100 celebrations. This is the most comprehensive Solzhenitsyn exhibit yet mounted, containing many important manuscripts, documents, photographs, and personal objects.
A beautiful new re-issue of the abridged Gulag Archipelago (authorized by Solzhenitsyn) is just out from Vintage Classics in the UK. This thoughtful new edition adds a profound foreword by Jordan B. Peterson that goes to the very heart of what this terrifying and uplifting book is all about, as well as a new glossary and index that will help readers orient themselves anew in Archipelago's rich material.
The new issue of St. Austin Review contains several interesting articles about Solzhenitsyn, including an editorial by Joseph Pearce on the lasting significance of Solzhenitsyn; Daniel J. Mahoney on Solzhenitsyn’s “capacity to illumine the truth of things”, Fr. Benedict Kiely on the miniature “Remembrance of the Departed”, and Susan Treacy on Solzhenitsyn and Shostakovich.
The Paris house Fayard, Solzhenitsyn’s longtime French publisher, has published two new Solzhenitsyn titles: the Journal de la Roue rouge (Journal of the Red Wheel) and Révolution et mensonge (Revolution and the Lie). The first is a new translation by Françoise Lesourd of a major work that tracks the author’s discoveries and doubts during the major portion of his work on the novel (from 1965 through 1991). The second combines two previously available texts—Vivre sans mentir (Live Not By Lies!) and Leçons de Février (Lessons of February)—with a new Georges Nivat translation: Deux révolutions: la française at la russe (Two Revolutions: the French and the Russian) of Solzhenitsyn’s 1984 article comparing and contrasting those two cataclysms.