The ex-convict was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
. He had spent eight years in the Soviet Gulag after writing an offhand jibe about Stalin in a letter to a friend.
"The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but through every human heart - and through all human hearts," wrote Russian author and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
, who spent nearly a decade in labor camps for being an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism.
The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(1968) Solzenitsyn's characters are drawn so well, you can almost feel them breathe.
; MARCH 1917; University of Notre Dame Press (Nonfiction: History) 39.00 ISBN: 9780268102654
He really is more like Meyerhold than, say, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
, or the other dissident artists who battled the Kremlin.
Anderson's account pairs well with Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, the now classic novel about the notorious Siberian prison camps.
80); Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
preferred the term "slave" (p.
It is also the land of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky of 'Swan Lake' fame; Alexander Pushkin, known as the Russian Shakespeare; Boris Pasternak, 1958 Nobel Prize winner in Literature; and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
, another Nobel Prize winner also in Literature for 'The Gulag Archipelago.'
BORN ALEKSANDR Solzhenitsyn
, Russian writer, 1918 JOHN Kerry, US politician, 1943, above BRENDA Lee, US pop singer, 1944 DIED ARTHUR Mullard, UK comedian, 1995, above RAVI Shankar, Indian musician, 2012 MICHAEL Robbins, UK comic actor, 1992
And if you don't believe it, read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
's The Oak and the Calf.
Like George Orwell or Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
, Primo Levi's name stood for the survival of humane values in the face of overwhelming violence.
(4) It was not well known or much used until the 1973 publication of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
's Gulag Archipelago, which had huge resonance outside the USSR (and continues to be discussed, as in Golfo Alexopoulos's contribution to this issue).
He quoted Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
saying, " 'The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in a lie.' We may have to suffer this lie about marriage in the law, but we must not participate in it."
In Invisible Allies, his tribute to those Russians who, at considerable risk to themselves, helped to further his work while he was under constant surveillance by the KGB, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
told of the support that came his way with the publication of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich--and how soon it was withdrawn.
Book Discussion "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich'' by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
. 4 p.m.