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RIP, Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Simon_Cowbell, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn Is Dead at 89

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize-winning author whose
    books chronicled the horrors of the Soviet gulag system, has
    died of heart failure, his son said Monday.

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  2. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    First the Braves with Skip Caray, now the Reds with Solzhenitsyn....who's next? The Rangers with Chuck Norris?
  4. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Well, they do come (or leave) in threes.

    Does the dead al Qaeda munitions expert count?
  5. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    Heaven needed a guy who went through Hell.
  6. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    My paper made it the second world brief inside...should have been A-1.
  7. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    3 points.
  8. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Made the cover of our Nation/World section.
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Thank you. I thought no one got it.
  10. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Sirs, Madames,

    I remember making a stab at reading him as a teenager -- remarkably our high school offered Russian literature as an option in Grade 13 (the old Ontario equivalent of a senior year). I've never doubted his importance (no overstatement to say that he was historically/sociologically the most important writer of the 20th century) but I've always wondered if he was well-served in English translation. Other Russian lit I've read, even Soviet-era stuff, was a lot more artful. I bailed on reading AS 's Gulag at about page 100 -- we had a list to pick from -- and went for Crime and Punishment and Anna Karenina instead.

    YD&OHS, etc
  11. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    I have read all three Gulags and feel I deserve an honourary degree in Russian Literature. :)

    It's also hard to underestimate the impact that the first Gulag had when it was published in 1973. The events leading up to and including the publilcation were headline news around the world These three books were a scathing indictment of the Soviet Union and forced a lot of Western intellectuals, particularly those in Europe, to rethink thir positions.

    The flip side is, he would never allowed himself to be used as a propgandist for the West which he found immoral and decadent.

    "One Day in the Life of...." is probably his most accessible.

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