Monday, August 4, 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is no more

With a sense of grief, I would like to inform you that the great Russian author, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, is no more. He was 89 years old. This news is just off the wires--59 minutes ago.

He won the Nobel Prize and international acclaim for exposing the excesses of the Soviet torture system and he also won a twenty year exile as well. One of his well-known works is one of his first--One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

He won the Nobel and his The Gulag Archipelago was a three volume work on the Soviet prison camp system. It was based upon Solzhenitsyn's own experience as well as the testimony of 227 former prisoners and Solzhenitsyn's own research into the history of the penal system.

There's a wonderful article on the Nobel Prize website that shows how the Nobel Lecture by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was smuggled from Russia to Sweden. I am sure you would like to read about it and as it comes from the Nobel Foundation website, it is certainly authentic.

I hope you, folks, would feel inspired to read more about him and wouldn't miss out on his novel, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

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