Question by arceusmen: Aleksandr solzhenitsyn writing style?
What is his style of writing? I can’t find anything around google. Just bios and interviews and nobel prize awards. And if also his themes of writing.
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Answer by Stephen P
Solzhenitsyn wrote in a few different genres, so his writing style varies. Early in his career he wrote a number of “prose poems,” which are very short (like a paragraph) impressionistic pieces. At the end of his life he wrote what he called “binaries,” which are short stories in two parts with something in common — like characters at different times in their lives, a geographic setting at different times, etc. In his earlier novels (Ivan Denisovich, First Circle, Cancer Ward) he frequently uses very classical, even archaic, Russian mixed with authentic prison camp slang. In his “Red Wheel” epic (the novels August 1914, November 1916, and two more volumes that haven’t been translated into English yet) he mixes chapters of conventional narrative with sections that are laid out like film scripts and other sections written in the style of newspaper headlines. He is very intentional about the styles he chooses.
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