Solzhenitsyn’s Posthumous Output

Admirably, Solzhenitsyn’s death in 2008 has not stopped him from publishing more books over the last few years. In October 2009 we had the new and radically altered edition of In the First Circle (previously published as The First Circle) and now this autumn Apricot Jam and Other Stories, a collection of nine short stories,…

Still more about Vasily Grossman

My Google Alert for the terms ‘life and fate vasily grossman’ has come up trumps again. A series of interviews with Grossman’s English translator, Robert Chandler, have been put up on Youtube. I offer you the first of these to whet your appetite: the rest can be viewed on the aforementioned tube.

Syria

The Eurozone crisis is rather dominating the news of late, to the extent that the continued violence in Syria is being somewhat drowned out. Yet today Human Rights Watch has released a dossier of evidence that shows systematic crimes against humanity are occuring in the country. The document catalogues evidence of torture and unlawful killings…