Book Review

A Dual Estrangement

Between Two Millstones: Sketches of Exile, 1974–1978
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Notre Dame Press, 2018
(470 pages, $35.00, hardcover)

reviewed by James A. Altena

Between Two Millstones is Part I of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's memoirs of his years of American exile. (Parts II–IV are to follow shortly in a second volume.) It thus forms a sequel to the author's previous memoirs of his final years in the Soviet Union (The Oak and the Calf and Invisible Allies). The title (drawn from a passage on page 264) captures the overarching theme of the book: Solzhenitsyn's struggle to avoid being ground down between the soulless totalitarian regime of the USSR, . . .

James A. Altena is the associate editor of Fanfare magazine, a comprehensive bimonthly periodical for reviews of classical music recordings. He is a member of St. Mark's Reformed Episcopal Church in Rydal, Pennsylvania, and is working toward a Ph.D. in church history at Westminster Theological Seminary.


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