Alexander Solzhenitsyn is a name associated with Russia, specifically Russian literature. He is one of the great Russian writers of this or any century. He wrote One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Gulag Archipelago (a multi-volume account of his imprisonment in the labor camps of the Soviet Union), The First Circle, Cancer Ward, and many other works.
It is worth reading for the insight it gives into Russian life, but also because he emerged from atheistic communism as a believer and then became a Christian. Michael Scammell wrote a masterful and moving biography of this great Russian thinker and writer entitled Solzhenitsyn: A Biography, published in 1984. It’s a huge tome, 1,051 pages and 16 pages of photographs. I have read this biographical study slowly and deliberately. I have consulted it while continuing to study the works and thoughts of this author. It is a beautifully structured work on the life of this great man.
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