Title

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Solzhenitsyn

Department/School

Catholic Studies

Date

2020

Document Type

Book Chapter

DOI

https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv19m63jv.9

Abstract

Though this section of the book is dedicated to the Russian experience, this chapter looks ahead to the final section, in which Solzhenitsyn and the Russian tradition speak to the American experience. It examines Solzhenitsyn’s critique of the West and its ideals with attention paid to the experience of Ivan Denisovich, who also sought out life, happiness, and especially freedom in the famous novella. One of the myths about Solzhenitsyn was that he was not merely anti-Western but even anti-American. Such views come from looking at the hard things he said about America, Americans, and their cultural and political life.

Published in

Solzhenitsyn and American Culture: The Russian Soul in the West

Citation/Other Information

Deavel, D. P. (2020). Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Solzhenitsyn. In Solzhenitsyn and American Culture (pp. 38-50). University of Notre Dame Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv19m63jv.9

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