Thomas, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
: A Century in his Life, London, 1998
The last great figure of the 20th century, the Russian novelist and dissident, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
, died on August 3rd.
Beginning with his 1962 novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
, who died Aug.
BORN INTO a family of Cossack intellectuals, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
graduated in mathematics and physics, but within weeks the Soviet Union was fighting Hitler for its survival.
, the Nobel Prizewinning dissident writer whose literary works exposing the horrors of Stalin's police state and prison system were turned into films and TV series, died of heart failure at his country home near Moscow Aug.
5 Alexander Solzhenitsyn
, who died last week, was one of the great Russian novelists.
, the Nobel prize-winning Russian dissident, has been laid to rest in a historic Moscow monastery after an ornate church service attended by the president.
Yet Moscow has just witnessed the extraordinary sight of Alexander Solzhenitsyn
- the dissident and once-exiled author of "The Gulag Archipelago" and "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" - receiving what amounts to a state funeral.
With the demise of Alexander Solzhenitsyn
, the curtain comes down on a great era.