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Two Tales - that is:???????? ???? [Matryona's House] and ?????? ?? ??????? ?????????? [Incident at Krechetovka Station]].
Flegon Press London 1963 - Tall 8vo. 55 pp.; light marginal creases to lower corner of first leaves, light marginal staining to p.35. Publisher's yellow printed wrappers; a bit rubbed, some stains to covers, upper cover with light creases and marks of sunning. Good copy of the rare first edition in book form of Solzhenitsyn's second published works, which had previously appeared in 'Novyy Mir'. This was also the second publication of the Flegon Press, following on from the pirate edition of 'One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich'. "An Incident at Krechetovka Station" presents the patriotic, devoutly Marxist, and steadfastly "vigilant" army lieutenant Zotov, a railroad station commander at Krechetovka. While assisting a misplaced soldier named Tveritinov, who has been separated from his unit, Zotov discovers the man does not know that the city of Tsaritsyn in now called Stalingrad, and suspects he is a German spy. Turning Tveritinov over to the secret police for questioning, Zotov later regrets his decision, realizing the soldier will likely never see his family again. The title character of "Matryona's Home," an impoverished peasant woman, endures her drab life until she is killed in a train accident. Figuring into a long tradition, Matryona is alternately seen by critics as a symbolic depiction of the idealized Russian peasant—innocent, infinitely patient, and hard-working—or a personification of a quietly suffering Mother Russia. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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