In Alexander Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962), Special Camp 104 represents the entire Soviet Union in microcosm, as a kind on anti-Utopia or dystopia. In other words, Special Camp 104 is Stalin's Soviet Union, a totalitarian police state in which the population is mostly slave labor, except for those who manage to obtain slightly more privileged positions as overseers through luck, cunning, bribery or connections. As the title indicates, the entire story is told through the eyes of the narrator, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, Special Prisoner S-854, from the time he wakes up in the morning until he goes to sleep at night. Shukhov is not a great hero or political dissident, but an ordinary Russian peasant who was sent to the camp because he was taken prisoner by the Germans in orld ar II, contrary to Stalin's orders. As soon as these men…… [Read More]
Master and Margarita by Bulgakov
Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita" is one of the brightest pieces of Soviet literature on the hand with such masterpieces as One day of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Soljenitzin and Quite follows Don by Mikhail Sholohov.
'The Master and Margarita" impresses by the unity of philosophy, religion and satire on Soviet society. "The Master and Margarita" may be also considered as one of the greatest philosophical novels of modern times. Bulgakov touches immortal human problems in the novel: relationships of individual and society on the hand with vales of his contemporaries. Deep philosophical and ethic meaning of the novel is supplemented by bitter irony and witty sarcastic description of Soviet ussian society. Bulgakov's innovation in The Master and Margarita is obvious. Disposing vices and lawlessness of Soviet Moscow he doesn't choose a common method of justice, relying on God and good powers. Instead…… [Read More]