Avgust Chetyrnadtsatogo … (Uzel. 1. 10-21 Avgusta st. st.) [August 1914 …

SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr. Avgust Chetyrnadtsatogo … (Uzel. 1. 10-21 Avgusta st. st.) [August 1914].

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SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr. Avgust Chetyrnadtsatogo … (Uzel. 1. 10-21 Avgusta st. st.) [August 1914]. [Paris, Beresniak for YMCA-Press], 1971.

8vo. Original stiff white card wrappers with Cyrillic title in green and the author's portrait to front flap, pp. 573, [1, sketch map], [2, map and colophon on verso]; card covers slightly dusted, spine a little toned, covers faintly yellowed, but near fine; internally fresh and uninscribed.
First edition, as authorised by Solzhenitsyn, who had a relationship with YMCA Press in Paris from the 1970s, although elsewhere, including in London, his work was pirated. The book was completed in 1970 but not published until the following year, with the English edition appearing in 1972.
The novel, which controversially blends historical fiction with historiography, centres on the disastrous Battle of Tannenberg in East Prussia, in August 1914, which resulted in the almost complete destruction of the Russian 2nd Army. Young Solzhenitsyn had conceived the idea, and begun the first few chapters, as early as 1936. The Second World War interrupted this project, as did the author's arrest in 1945, and subsequent internment in the Gulag system. Further KGB harassment, after Stalin's death, forced Solzhenitsyn to arrange the publication abroad. This soft-back edition is generally believed to precede the hard-back version of the book.

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