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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s March 1917, Node III, Book 1, of The Red Wheel: Coming in November

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the University of Notre Dame Press is proud to publish Nobel Prize–winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s epic work March 1917, Node III, Book 1, of The Red Wheel, translated by Marian Schwartz.

Solzhenitsyn tells this story covering March 8-12, 1917, in the form of a meticulously researched historical novel, supplemented by newspaper headlines of the day, fragments of street action, cinematic screenplay, and historical overview. The first two nodes—August 1914 and November 1916—focus on Russia’s crises and recovery, on revolutionary terrorism and its suppression, on the missed opportunity of Pyotr Stolypin’s reforms, and how the surge of patriotism in August 1914 soured as Russia bled in World War I. March 1917—the third node—tells the story of the Russian Revolution itself, during which not only does the Imperial government melt in the face of the mob, but the leaders of the opposition prove utterly incapable of controlling the course of events. Solzhenitsyn considered The Red Wheel his magnum opus about the Russian Revolution.

“There is no doubt that The Red Wheel is one of the masterpieces of world literature, made all the more precious by its relevance to the tragic era through which contemporary history has passed. Moreover, the impulse of revolutionary and apocalyptic violence associated with the age of ideology has still not ebbed. We remain confronted by the fragility of historical existence, in which it is possible for whole societies to choose death rather than life. To have the University of Notre Dame Press become the publisher of the greatest historical-literary analysis of the revolutionary upheaval is a signal development.” —David Walsh, Catholic University of America

“In his ambitious multivolume work The Red Wheel (Krasnoe Koleso), Solzhenitsyn strove to give a partly historical and partly literary picture of the revolutionary year 1917. Several of these volumes have been translated into English, but the present volume appears in English for the first time. The translation is very well done and ought to give the reader a better understanding of the highly complex events that shook Russia exactly a century ago.” —Richard Pipes, emeritus, Harvard University

March 1917, Node III, Book 1, of The Red Wheel will be available in November, 2017, from the University of Notre Dame Press. If you would like a review copy or additional information, contact: Kathryn Pitts at pitts.5@nd.edu

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