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.
Ignat Solzhenitsyn — renowned conductor and pianist, and son of the late Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn — will speak at the University of Notre Dame for the launch of the first English translation of his father’s memoir, “Between Two Millstones, Book 1: Sketches of Exile, 1974-1978,” published by University of Notre Dame Press at the centenary of the author’s birth.
The launch will take place during “Higher Powers,” a three-day Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Cultureconference examining the proper relationship between God, the human person and the state. Ignat Solzhenitsyn and Daniel Mahoney, distinguished Solzhenitsyn scholar and professor of political science at Assumption College, will deliver a joint plenary session at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 (Thursday) in McKenna Hall Auditorium.
This exhibition, marking the centenary of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s birth, coincides with the launch of the Solzhenitsyn Initiative by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture as well as the publication of the first English translation of several of Solzhenitsyn’s works by the University of Notre Dame Press. Through 14 December.
The September issue of New Criterion excerpts this remarkable passage from the forthcoming Between Two Millstones, Book 1, about the Swiss half-canton Appenzell, and its ancient voting rituals that Solzhenitsyn witnessed just before his first journey to North America in April 1975.
The Cavendish Historical Society Museum hosts an exhibit on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, which will become a permanent exhibit. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Solzhenitsyn's birth; in commemoration of this, the State of Vermont issued a proclamation in his name, observing the author's life work, which included living and writing in exile from the Soviet Union / Russia, in Cavendish. Margo Caulfield from the Historical Society gives us the summary of Solzhenitsyn's life & work, as portrayed through the museum's exhibit. She also discusses the children's book she authored about Solzhenitsyn.