Books: Battle Plan of a Rebel

THE OAK AND THE CALF by Alexander Solzhenitsyn Translated by Harry Willetts; Harper & Row; 568 pages; $15.95

Novelist, short-story writer, playwright, poet, historian of the Gulag and indefatigable polemicist—these are the various vocations that Alexander Solzhenitsyn has long pursued. Now, with the publication of The Oak and the Calf, yet another Solzhenitsyn has emerged: military strategist. This memoir reveals the embattled Russian writer as the master planner of his own personal twelve-year war with the Soviet regime. Few readers of his chronicle of combat will fail to be impressed by the bold forays and feints, the diversionary actions and tactical...

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