August 1914

August 1914

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn H.T. Willetts / Jul 18, 2019

August In his monumental narrative of the outbreak of the First World War and the ill fated Russian offensive into East Prussia Solzhenitsyn has written what Nina Krushcheva in The Nation calls a dramatic

  • Title: August 1914
  • Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn H.T. Willetts
  • ISBN: 9780374519995
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • In his monumental narrative of the outbreak of the First World War and the ill fated Russian offensive into East Prussia, Solzhenitsyn has written what Nina Krushcheva, in The Nation, calls a dramatically new interpretation of Russian history The assassination of tsarist prime minister Pyotr Stolypin, a crucial event in the years leading up to the Revolution of 1917, isIn his monumental narrative of the outbreak of the First World War and the ill fated Russian offensive into East Prussia, Solzhenitsyn has written what Nina Krushcheva, in The Nation, calls a dramatically new interpretation of Russian history The assassination of tsarist prime minister Pyotr Stolypin, a crucial event in the years leading up to the Revolution of 1917, is reconstructed from the alienating viewpoints of historical witnesses The sole voice of reason among the advisers to Tsar Nikolai II, Stolypin died at the hands of the anarchist Mordko Bogrov, and with him perished Russia s last hope for reform Translated by H.T Willetts.August 1914 is the first volume of Solzhenitsyn s epic, The Red Wheel the second is November 1916 Each of the subsequent volumes will concentrate on another critical moment or knot, in the history of the Revolution Translated by H.T Willetts.

    August Aleksandr Fulfillment by FBA is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in s fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. The Guns of August The Guns of August , also published as August , is a volume of history by Barbara W Tuchman.It is centered on the first month of World War I.After introductory chapters, Tuchman describes in great detail the opening events of the conflict. August A Novel The Red Wheel I FSG Classics Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature He served as a decorated commander in the Red Army during World War II before he was arrested for anti Soviet propaganda and sentenced to eight years in a labor camp, where he drew inspiration for his controversial novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar, the th year of the Common Era CE and Anno Domini AD designations, the th year of the nd millennium, the th year of the th century, and the th year of the s decade As of the start of , the Gregorian calendar was days ahead of the Battle of Tannenberg Facts, Outcome, Significance Battle of Tannenberg Battle of Tannenberg, August , , World War I battle fought at Tannenberg, in what is now northeastern Poland, that ended in a German victory over the Russians The crushing defeat occurred barely a month into the conflict, but it became emblematic of the Russian Empire s experience in World War I. Four Steps to War June Aug ARSE johndclare Five weeks after the assassination of Franz Ferdinand on June , there was a world war.How did such a thing happen Links Germany in the Cold War basic overview All these links are quite hard Imperial German Navy Deployment gwpda The High Seas Fleet nd August Contributed by Dave Alton dave altondeeserve He lists his sources at the bottom North Sea Fleet Flagship Admiral von Ingenohl. Irish Soldiers from Tipperary Killed World War I Irish Soldiers from Tipperary Irish Soldiers from Tipperary Killed World War I ABRAHAM John Reg No Rank Private Royal Inniskillin Fusiliers st Batt. Trenches on the Web Timeline Origins of the Introduction A prolonged two front war was a nightmare scenario for German military strategists in Yet policies formulated by Bismarck in the s ensured that Germany did face threats on both its eastern and western frontiers. Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter War Adm Hamilton, nd Sea Lord and Adm Sturdee, Chief of the War Staff click to enlarge return to World War ,

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        Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Soviet and Russian novelist, dramatist, and historian Through his writings he helped to make the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet Union s forced labor camp system particularly The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, two of his best known works Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970 He was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and returned to Russia in 1994 Solzhenitsyn was the father of Ignat Solzhenitsyn, a conductor and pianist.


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    1. Bought secondhand and devoured in a single overnight reading. Back in the day when I could do an overnight read - my rock and roll years.Re-read and enjoyed a couple of times since.An excellent read.


    2. bbc/programmes/b04fyd8hDescription: A new adaptation for radio of Nobel Prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's epic story of the first battle of the Eastern Front in 1914 - which was a disaster for Russia. Solzhenitsyn's book was published in the West one year after he won the prize - with sections about Lenin omitted. It was only after his expulsion from the USSR that the complete book was available. This new production is narrated by Fiona Shaw.In August 1914, Colonel Vorotyntsev advances into [...]


    3. Ever wanted to smack someone in the face because of their insistent incompetency and blatant disregard for others just because of their own self-interests? Then you're going to have a lot of sympathy for the Russian soldiers who lost their lives in Russia's opening campaign in World War I. As always, typical Russian/Solzhenitsyn epic, wide array of characters caught up in something bigger than them with each having different opinions on religion, politics, and society. Not as 'great' as Cancer W [...]


    4. This is probably my favorite book of all time. Alexander Solzhenitsyn was brilliant. If you don't like WWI history, this book is not for you, but it was excellent. It was fiction, but centred around the campaign in Tannenburg, Prussia. There wasn't much of a plot other than the campaign, though the characters made up for it, and is the first in a series of four, the last of which has not been translated into English as yet. It was 622 pages, but well worth reading.


    5. 4.5Just short of 5/5 because some bits I found really hard to get through and I say this as a fan of russian literature and history. I wouldn't recommend this to someone who's just getting into russian literature. If you have no knowledge of the Battle of Tannenberg nor late 19th / early 20th century russian history and politics, you might as well do some reading first or else you won't enjoy the first 300 pages nor the rest of the book for that matter. There's a long chapter in which he treats [...]


    6. 2.5/5On a purely literary merit it is a big and tiresome slog. It is designed to be 10 volumes' chronicles devoted to the events which has lead to the Revolution of 1917. So the parts about the fictional characters are alternated by the parts about real historic figures and events. The construction is complex and really awkward. Initially the fictional parts were relatively lively with interesting set of characters and several story lines. But the gaps between dropping a particular line and comi [...]


    7. It is important to bear in mind that with the end of the Cold War the funding to translate Solzhenitsyn dried up. There is after all plenty of nationalistic Russian writing from the nineteenth century available in English. The only advantage that Solzhenitsyn had over Tolstoy and Dostoevsky was that he happened to be anti-communist, but after 1991 that wasn't of so much interest any more either. Although I did read in the news that there is now a project to translate the whole of the Red Wheel&g [...]


    8. I correctly anticipated how appropriate it would feel to read this in August 2014 - exactly 100 years after the events in this novel. I did not anticipate how eager I would be to return each time to this amazing novel, discovering well drawn characters, a scathing indictment of Russian military culture at the beginning of the Great War, and a humbling and breathtaking faith. Definitely one to re-read.



    9. Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn's ("A.S.") August 1914: The Red Wheel paints a marvelous portrait of Russia at the crossroads of the 20th century. By way of background, I read David Remnick's Resurrection about Russia's post -USSR struggles. Remnick writes a beautiful chapter on A.S his life, his exile, Western Europe and the U.S. intelligentsia's dismissive treatment of him, and his return to Russia. Reminick's extraordinary discourse on A.S. is the perfect prelude to this work because it allows the rea [...]


    10. 3.5 StarsSet in the years leading up to The Revolution, this monumental book is Solzhenitsyn’s interpretation of a turbulent period in his country’s history, beginning with the outbreak of World War I. We follow Russia’s invasion of East Prussia, a hapless campaign, culminating in the near destruction of the Second Army at the Battle of Tannenburg, and the suicide of its commanding general, the blundering Alexander Samsonov. Subsequent sections encompass the life of Prime Minister Pyotr St [...]


    11. From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:A new adaptation for radio of Nobel Prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's epic story of the first battle of the Eastern Front in 1914 - which was a disaster for Russia. Solzhenitsyn's book was published in the West one year after he won the prize - with sections about Lenin omitted. It was only after his expulsion from the USSR that the complete book was available. This new production is narrated by Fiona Shaw.In August 1914, Colonel Vorotyntsev advances into East P [...]


    12. Ironically,I am writing this review on the 11th November. I have categorised it as fiction but there is a strong factual element - can I call it military faction? After Ivan Denisovich, the size of this book came as a surprise and the writing expands to fill the space between the covers, without lapse or hiatus. We remember our own war dead, but seem to have forgotten that the Russians lost twice as many men as did the UK. The appalling carnage at the beginning of the war is well described where [...]


    13. This is a must read book for anyone who is interested in almost any aspect of European literature and/or Russian history and literature. Solzhenitsyn has a way of writing that immediately involves the reader in the scene, the characters, the situation he creates. He develops characters that stay with one, and makes one want to read more and more about their lives. After this, I read Cancer Ward and First Circle and he creates worlds within worlds in these books as well.


    14. I read the original version of this soon after it came out in English, at the beginning of the '70s, along with Lenin in Zurich. I liked it a lot, and it led me to much further reading on the subject of the Russian Front of WWI. I admired the novel in its original form, with its many memorable scenes, and desperate situations. I've owned the "Red Wheel" version since it came out, and finally got around to reading it.Solzenhenitsyn's additions and revisions turned it into a shapeless mess, to be [...]


    15. I leave this book wondering why the Battle of Tannenberg isn't more widely studied by military history buffs. The Germans, initially caught off guard by the rapid speed of Russia's invasion of East Prussia, manage to defeat an enemy twice their size due to their better command structure, logistics, and by the incredible blunders made by their enemy, not least of which includes sending plans through telegraph wires without encoding them first. Though a work of fiction, the battle itself is presen [...]


    16. The First World War was so wasteful of human life on all sides. This shows the Russian high command to be as inept as the British High Command and the victims are the poor proletariat fighting in the trenches is not surprising the Russians revolted shortly after.



    17. "August 1914" is a novel by Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about Imperial Russia's defeat at the Battle of Tannenberg in East Prussia. The novel was completed in 1970, first published in 1971, and an English translation was first published in 1972. The novel is an unusual blend of fiction narrative and historiography, and has given rise to extensive and often bitter controversy, both from the literary as well as from the historical point of view.Now that first paragraph is directly from [...]


    18. In this novel, Soviet Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitzyn takes on the theme of the Russian Army in the opening months of the First World War. This novel was exceptionally well written, and it is surprising to me that more enthusiasts of the First World War are not talking about it. Perhaps it's because the novel was written in the late 1960s, long after the heyday of Great War literature in the 1930s. Perhaps it's because the novel is about the Russian army and not one of the Western armies a [...]


    19. This is the first in Solzhenitsyn's epic novels about Russia in the First World War, November 1916 is the second. Unless you can read Russian or French, the last two novels haven't been translated into English. In November, the University of Notre Dames is publishing March 1917, the third volume. It will be translated by Marian Schwartz. Hopefully the fourth volume is in the works.


    20. It's hard not to add to all the comments that have already been made on this book. Yes it was a marathon and a tough read, but I can't help but appreciate the man's genius while doing so. It's difficult to recommend, but also difficult to give a low rating as a result. I learned a lot, personally, from reading this.Reading some of the background of the battle described from other accounts, it's disturbing to think how pivotal the battle of Tannenburg was to world history. The German army had the [...]


    21. One of the most marvellously complex novels I've ever read. Clearly an author to be spoken of in the same bracket as Dickens, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. I suspect the length of the novel however has prevented this from being one of his more well known works. Indeed, you do need at least an outline of WWI on the Eastern Front to be able to follow the first few hundred pages. If you do however, this novel repays you handsomely. The sheer frustration of watching the tragedy unfold from several perspec [...]


    22. Solzhenitsyn provides an account of the events surrounding the failed Russian army intiatives of mid-August in 1914. His focus is not only on the First Army (led by the hapless and nervous General Samsonov), but also the attempts of the brave Colonel Vorotyntsev to salvage a victory for Russia. These events are all set amidst a backdrop of tense social and politicial rumbling (which will ultimately leave to great upheaval). Solzhenitsyn peeks into the lives of every day Russians and focuses on h [...]


    23. This is an amazingly good book. Solzhenitsyn does for the Great War in the east what Tolstoy did for the Napolianic wars of 1805 and 1812. But this is a series of perfect doorstops. Each of the volumes makes "War and Peace" look like a novella. But I always like a big, fat, thick novel even better if it is a Russian novel. Solzhenitsyn does a wonderful job describing then Battle of Tannenburg (confused valor on the part of the Russians; effective leadership and uses of railroads by the Germans) [...]


    24. This was my third Solzienitsyn book and my last. The book covered the first two weeks of WW1. too much, too many characters who were mentioned one time then not again for 400 pages. Out of the entire book, there is only one line I will remember, It was a quote by Tolstoy. HOW CAN YOU ENJOY LLINING UP WORDS IN RANKS LIKE SOLDIERS ACCORDING TO THEIR SOUNDS? CHILDISH NONSENSE ' It's unnatural. The job of words is to express thoughts, and you don"t find much thought in poetry. do you? There's a lot [...]


    25. Quite frankly, I simply could not finish this book. Anyone who has read any WW 1 history knows the tragedy of Samsonv and his army encircled by German forces and effectively wiped out. I have the sense that Solzhenitsyn couldn't decide if he was writing a history or a human story so he wrote something in between and I found it neither interesting or touching. After reading 35% of the book I simply gave up.




    26. A new war and Peace!A magnificent torso sadly unfinished. Any body who likes war and peace should definitely read this.


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