The Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn died on Sunday at the age of 89. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970 after writing about the Soviet Union’s system of labour camps, where he spent eight years from 1945.
In 1962 he published “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” which described life in the forced labour camps. Solzhenitsyn collected information from 227 former prisoners for “The Gulag Archipelago”. After the discovery of these manuscripts, Solzhenitsyn was expelled by KGB chief Yury Andropov in 1974. He returned to Russia in 1994, and in June last year, Vladimir Putin awarded Solzhenitsyn the State Prize, Russia’s highest honour, praising his devotion to the “fatherland” in a lavish ceremony at the Kremlin.
“A complete edition of Solzhenitsyn’s works, including unpublished writings, began to be published in 2006, with the last volume due out in 2010.”
See the Library catalogue for a selection of works by Solzhenitsyn including:
- Cancer Ward
- Candle in the Wind
- Détente : prospects for democracy and dictatorship
- The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 : an experiment in literary investigation
- One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich
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