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Alexander Solzhenitsyn is dead

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I am really sorry but not for him: I am sorry for the world. He really was a dissident, someone who fought totalitarianism, Stalin’s dictatorship and Siberian Gulags. He confronted anyone who he believed was not a freedom supporter and that has had its price on his life and even on his consideration in society.

Be in peace and pray for the rest: I am sure he is awaited by a peaceful and glorious eternity.

Having experienced the crimes of Stalinism at first hand, he exposed them in both fiction and factual form. “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”, published in 1962, gave Soviet citizens their first opportunity to read about the brutality, squalor, humiliation and fear of daily life in a prison camp, all told in the matter-of-fact style of a Russian folk tale. “The Gulag Archipelago” described the system, its tortures, rules and subculture, in relentless, gruesome, encyclopedic form. Modern scholars, able to research the subject with a freedom that Mr Solzhenitsyn could never have dreamed of, say it is astonishingly accurate.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn | An icon of his age | Economist.com.

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Written by Claudia

August 5, 2008 at 6:07 pm

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