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    That book written by his first wife is really interesting! Good luck with "glancing through" a book 3-5 inches thick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    I always thought A.S. was some kind of an NT.
    Yes I have to admit that at times I often would classify him as NT, especially by going by many personal descriptions of him. However in the one biography by Joseph Pearce, which includes interviews both with Solzhenitsyn himself and his sons, a completely different picture emerges.

    One of the sons interviewed(forget which one off hand) noted how often people would mischaracterise his father as a cold distant person, but was in reality(and especially up close) a rather kind, warm, passionate person.

    Here's one of the interviews Pearce did with Solzhenitsyn:
    An Interview with Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cronkle View Post


    I don't usually like to read books in translations since I think a lot gets lost in translation, but I suppose a good translator could do him justice. Do you know of any good translations?
    My favorite translation is by Pavear and Volokhonsky (Everyman's Library). I have them all in hardcover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disregard View Post
    My favorite translation is by Pavear and Volokhonsky (Everyman's Library). I have them all in hardcover.
    Thank you.

    I put a hold of Notes From the Underground, a good place to start I would say since it's so short.

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    Eh, it's my least favorite, by far. Demons is the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qre:us View Post
    Behold the creative beauty of NiFeTi:

    James Joyce

    Dante Alighieri

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Khalil Gibran

    T.S. Eliot

    Kurt Vonnegut

    William Blake - only through the impression of Auguries of Innocence
    I agree with all of these. I'm glad Joyce makes your mouth water. Mine does too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qre:us View Post
    Behold the creative beauty of NiFeTi:

    James Joyce

    Dante Alighieri

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Khalil Gibran

    T.S. Eliot

    Kurt Vonnegut

    William Blake - only through the impression of Auguries of Innocence
    I disagree with Marquez being an INFJ. I think he's almost certainly an INFP. The unrestrained, spontaneous "story-telling" is more NFP than NFJ; he sees stories in vivid pictures and metaphores, not symbols, and his imagination is directed outwards (Ne), not inwards (Ni). I agree with the rest being Ni-doms, although I'm not sure if all of them are INFJs.

    Some INFJ writers whose type I'm pretty sure of are Dostoyevski, William Faulkner, Angela Carter, Milan Kundera and William Blake. The first thing to notice would be their frequent use of symbols and a great "compactness" of their works; their imagination is directed inwards, it specifies, not amplifies. Also, Kundera plays a lot with all possible associations of certain words/details, which I've been told is also a Ni thing. As opposed to INTJ writers, INFJ writers' works tend to have a great emotional charge.

    J.K. Rowling is also an INFJ - one could see it in the way she takes old "ingredients" and makes something absolutely new out of them. Her biography and interviews show her as a total INFJ too.
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    As the rabbit at the stoat,
    Till the earth was sky,
    Sky that was green,
    And brown clouds passed
    Like chestnut leaves along the ground.

    - SUSAN ANN AND IMMORTALITY, T. E. Hulme

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    I've always thought James Joyce, Marquez, and Kurt Vonnegut were INFP.

    There was another thread on here somewhere arguing whether James Joyce was one or not, but the general census was that he most definitely was.

    *shrug*

    It's hard to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neptunesnet View Post
    There was another thread on here somewhere arguing whether James Joyce was one or not, but the general census was that he most definitely was one.
    I remember a thread like that, but I was under the impression that the general consensus was that he was a Ni-dom, and most likely an INFJ? I've only read a few excerpts from Ulysses, but I vote for an INFJ also. It's not typical for INFPs to write books which are possible to be understood only with an extra key for symbols (Well, a really smart INFJ in our class seemed to understand Ulysses off-hand, but I confess I really can't.)

    I agree about Marquez. I haven't read anything by Vonnegut yet so I can't tell.
    Her head hung down
    Gazed at earth, finally keen,
    As the rabbit at the stoat,
    Till the earth was sky,
    Sky that was green,
    And brown clouds passed
    Like chestnut leaves along the ground.

    - SUSAN ANN AND IMMORTALITY, T. E. Hulme

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qre:us View Post
    Behold the creative beauty of NiFeTi:

    James Joyce

    Dante Alighieri

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Khalil Gibran

    T.S. Eliot

    Kurt Vonnegut

    William Blake - only through the impression of Auguries of Innocence
    vonnegut, garcia marquez, and eliot are difficult reads for me. i thought vonnegut fit as entp pretty well. and i have trouble deciding for both garcia marquez and borges whether it is infj or enfp. what is your confidence level with these typings?

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