By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Stephan Solzhenitsyn, Kenneth Lantz
To be had for the 1st time in English, Apricot Jam and different tales is the intense ultimate paintings of fiction from Nobel Prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Written within the years among Solzhenitsyn's go back to Russia from exile in 1994, and his loss of life in 2008, those tales ensure the author's place because the such a lot eloquent and acclaimed opponent of presidency oppression within the 20th century and as a real literary sizeable. Apricot Jam and different tales provides a sequence of superb pics of the Russian existence earlier than, in the course of and after Soviet rule. In 'The New Generation', a professor promotes a pupil in basic terms out of excellent will. Years later, a similar professor unearths himself arrested and, in a amazing accident, his pupil turns into his interrogator. In 'Nastenka', younger women with a similar identify lead regimen, ordered lives – till the Revolution exacts radical swap on them either.
With an unforgettable solid of army commanders, imprisoned activists and displaced households, those tales play out the ethical dilemmas and ideological conflicts that outlined Russia within the 20th century.
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I had been led straight into a den of thieves. The sixth man there, Vadim Avdeev, was the man I’d recently appointed to manage my Russian Real Estate Exchange. Vadim also happened to be a former KGB lieutenant and close friend of the two officers who had tried to extort three million of bucks from me, just two days earlier. Oh shit, I thought. “Well done,” said Vadim to the officers who had delivered me. Evidently, he was their leader. “And welcome, Mr. President,” he said, addressing me with mock reverence.
Two hours later, we found a café which had just started to serve breakfast. After our sleepless night, we all felt we could use some caffeine. Following our liquid breakfast, we drove back to the airport. I paid for the tickets with cash; then we went up to the registration desk. ” asked the clerk. “None,” I replied. ” The clerk handed over our boarding passes. “I hope the KGB isn’t checking the passenger lists,” said Eugene after Elena and I checked in. “They probably can force the plane down, anywhere in Eastern Bloc airspace.
Two minutes later, I was pleased to observe that the Colonel, who had just taken the final slurp of espresso from the cup intended for me, was still conscious. Just then, the Deputy sauntered in with two large suitcases. ” I sure did. They were the ones Elena and I had left behind in the Budapest hotel after fleeing our kidnappers. “Few people get anything back from the KGB’s Lubyanka storage,” the Colonel went on to explain. “Academician Sakharov was the last. ” “Of course,” added the Deputy, “some of the jewelry might be missing.