Magazine August 25, 2014, Issue

The Conscience of a Zek

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn delivers a commencement address at Harvard, June 9, 1978 (AP Photo)
The Other Solzhenitsyn: Telling the Truth about a Misunderstood Writer and Thinker, by Daniel J. Mahoney (St. Augustine’s Press, 242 pp., $30)

There should be little argument that the Russian novelist and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn changed history more than any other writer of the 20th century. With his mesmerizing One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, he exposed for the first time the Soviet system of slave-labor camps that was occupied by as many as 60 million prisoners in the decades of Lenin and Stalin. The disintegration of the Soviet empire can be dated from the publication of the monumental The Gulag Archipelago in 1973. Diplomat George Kennan called it “the greatest and most powerful single indictment of a political regime

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Anti-Semitism, Old and New

Twitter reached its most loathsome depths when, in late July, the hashtags “#HitlerWasRight” and “#HitlerDidNothingWrong” became global trends. It was not so long ago that Hitler was the unanimously agreed ...
Politics & Policy

Subsidized Decline

A political storm is brewing in Washington over the consequences of rising college costs, but few politicians are talking about the causes of the problem, particularly since a major perpetrator ...
Politics & Policy

Latvia Divided

Riga — The cover of the British edition of Anna Arutunyan’s The Putin Mystique features a grainy, somewhat sinister image of the Russian leader, remote, mysterious, distant. In a bookstore ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Crazy Train

We live in an era when geek culture can feel ascendant and yet oddly sterile. The genres that were once loved mainly by fanboys, eccentrics, teenagers — science fiction, fantasy, ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

The Revision of Klinghoffer One of the reasons for the Jewish outcry against The Death of Klinghoffer, which was mentioned in The Week (July 21), was the original final scene, in ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We endorse the president’s annual pilgrimage to Martha’s Vineyard. When he starts groaning about inequality, it’s impossible to hear him over the yacht engines. ‐ When the House impeached Bill ...
The Long View

Bethesda Mental-Health Clinic

THERAPIST’S NOTES: MODERATE-REPUBLICAN GROUP SESSION Session One: The group assembles in the small conference room. Although anonymity is preferred for this kind of therapy, the qualities of this particular therapy and this ...
Athwart

The Cupcake Cops

What is the correct number of federal regulations concerning school bake sales? Let’s ask all the political strains in the country: Libertarian: You lost me at “federal regulations,” but I’m going ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

AN ARTIST’S DEATH For Bryant I’ve often thought of writing about you, And how your voice once filled the little square How there was very little I could do Except go to the funeral home, ...
Happy Warrior

A Pot of Message

Not a week before (or maybe after) the great book editor Adam Bellow made the cover of this very pamphlet with a clarion call for conservative art, I met him ...

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