Avgust Chetyrnadtsatogo … (10-21 Avgusta st. st …

SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr. Avgust Chetyrnadtsatogo … (10-21 Avgusta st. st.).

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SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr. Avgust Chetyrnadtsatogo … (10-21 Avgusta st. st.). [Paris, Beresniak for YMCA-Press], 1971.

8vo. Original flexible card wrappers with the author's portrait inside front flap, pp. 573, [1, sketch map], [2, map and colophon on verso]; wrapper a little dusted; otherwise near-fine.
First edition. The novel centres on the disastrous loss at the Battle of Tannenberg (1914) in August, 1914, which resulted in the almost complete destruction of the Russian 2nd Army. Young Solzhenitsyn had conceived and started a few chapters as early as 1936. The Second World War interrupted this documentary work of historical fiction with strong elements of proper historiography; the progress was further hampered by the author's arrest in 1945 and subsequent slave labour in the Gulag system. Further KGB harassment after Stalin's death forced Solzhenitsyn to arrange the publication abroad. - This soft-back version is generally considered to be issued before the hard-back version of this first edition. - We currently stock a very attractive copy of the first English edition of this title.