Apricot Jam and Other Stories (book review)

A book review from The Movie Snob.

Apricot Jam and Other Stories, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (2011).  This is a collection of nine short stories written by the legendary author of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.  Solzhenitsyn wrote them after his return to Russia in 1994, and they are mostly about life in Russia during World War II and going back even further to the days of the civil war against the Bolsheviks.  But a couple of stories also show life in modern (1990s) Russia after perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union.  I liked all the stories, but probably the ones about WWII the best, and my favorite of all was a very interesting sketch of the life of Georgy Zhukov, who was apparently the USSR’s greatest general in WWII but whom I had barely heard of.  Of course, it left me wondering how accurate Solzhenitsyn’s account of Zhukov’s life was, but it felt very real.  Anyway, I thought this was an interesting read.


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