Philosophical and Theological Historiography in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Red Wheel

  • Brendan Purcell University of Notre Dame, Australia


This article provides an overview of Solzhenitsyn’s historical novel, The Red Wheel, in the context of a philosophy and theology of history. For his philosophical categories used in analysing the novel, Purcell draws upon philosopher of history Eric Voegelin’s understanding of Homer and Greek tragedy, along with his diagnosis of Nazism. Purcell then turns to the Italian theologian Piero Coda’s reading of Sergei Bulgakov for a theological interpretation of the Russian tragedy in the light of the forsakenness of the Crucified Christ.