Sunday, August 3, 2008

Solzhenitsyn passes away

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian writer who gave us The Gulag Achipelago and A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch. He was one of the great writers and great fighters for liberty. He will be sorely missed.

I read A Day in the Life... one afternoon as an undergrad many years ago. Unfortunately that is the only work of his I have had the pleasure of reading. In case you didn't know, he won the Nobel Prize in 1970 and was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1974. He returned to the Soviet Union in 1994 after the fall of communism. Of couse, he didn't like capitalism either. The article states:
During the 1990s, his stalwart nationalist views, his devout Orthodoxy, his disdain for capitalism and disgust with the tycoons who bought Russian industries and resources cheaply following the Soviet collapse, were unfashionable. He faded from public view.

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