In an intimate memoir that whispers with the intrigue of a spy novel, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn pays tribute to the once-anonymous heroes who risked their lives to bring The Gulag Archipelago and his other works to the West during the darkest days of the Soviet Union.
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"[T]he streak of sentimentality running through these pages as he recreates the excruciating stresses of his conspiratorial life is humanizing." —Publishers Weekly
ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN was a novelist, dramatist, and historian. Through his writings, particularly The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, he helped to make the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet Union’s forced labor camp system. Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and returned to Russia in 1994. He died on August 3, 2008.
“The Solzhenitsyn met here is less bombastic than his reputation. He may describe himself as a “wilful old bear,” but the streak of sentimentality running through these pages as he recreates the excruciating stresses of his conspiratorial life is humanizing.” —Publishers Weekly