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Solzjenitsyn och nationalismen: En undersökning av En dag i Ivan Denisovitjs liv, Matrjonas Gård och Cancerkliniken


  • Viktoria Sundlöf

Summary, in English

Solzhenitsyn was a famous nationalist who clearly stated his stance in non-fiction literature. In this study his stance will be further investigated by searching for expression of nationalism in three of his earliest fiction. The three works are the two short stories One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and Matryonas Home and the novel Cancer Ward.
The analysis found that the nationalism of Solzhenitsyn is exquisitely expressed in his novel through his characters and by symbolism and allegories. Each of the novels offers various aspects of nationalism. However, three main themes were found; idealization of the Russia before the revolution and criticism of the Soviet Union, awareness and a moralistic stance. In all three of them the criticism of the Soviet Union was the most obvious theme. In One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich nationalism was expressed as a religious coping mechanism for the prisoners. In Matryonas Home, nationalism was especially obvious in the idealization of the Russia before the revolution. In the final novel nationalism was found in the obvious criticism of the communist system.


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Document type

Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Solzhenitsyn
  • Alexander
  • Solženicyn
  • Aleksandr Isaevič
  • Solsjenitsyn
  • Cancer Ward
  • nationalism
  • Materyona
  • Ivan Denisovich


  • Johanna Lindbladh (FD)