Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Writing Styles in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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On Translations

Most critics feel the best of the original translations of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is the Bantam book version. According to the translators, Max Haywood and Ronald Hingley, Solzhenitsyn's novella is written in the slang from the concentration camp and in the vocabulary of the Russian peasant. To express this in English, they have used American slang, such as "can" and "cooler" for solitary confinement, and unpolished diction in expressions like "Let em through" and "Get outa the way." Russian obscenities, never before printed in the Soviet Union, were for the most part translated into their English equivalents.

Socialist Realism

Literature under the Communists had to meet the standards of Socialist Realism; this meant not criticizing the Communist party. Therefore, content was more important than style, and since the party believed that religion was the "opiate of the people," that capitalism was evil...

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