Magazine September 19, 2011, Issue

Translucent Truth

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Apricot Jam and Other Stories, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, translated by Kenneth Lantz and Stephan Solzhenitsyn (Counterpoint, 375 pp., $28)

When Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died three years ago, on Aug. 3, 2008, it was apparent that even sympathetic commentators were not familiar with the breadth and depth of the Russian writer’s reflections. Most obituaries of Solzhenitsyn could have been written in 1980, centered as they were on The Gulag Archipelago, the controversial 1978 Harvard Address, and whatever information could be discerned about Solzhenitsyn’s political judgments from generally tendentious newspaper accounts. It was not the press’s finest hour.

Unlike readers in France, where almost all of Solzhenitsyn’s writings are available, and generally commented on in a thoughtful and balanced way, Anglophones have yet

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Daniel J. MahoneyMr. Mahoney holds the Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., and is a National Review Institute trustee. He is the author, most recently, of The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity

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