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November 29 , 2007

Solzhenitsyn: Life & Words


This book is an anthology of 80 quotes from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and 63 selected facts about Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

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During the World War II Solzhenitsyn served as the commander of a sound-ranging battery in the Red Army, was involved in major action at the front, and twice decorated.

Solzhenitsyn was taken to the Lubyanka prison in Moscow, where he was interrogated.

On 7 July 1945, Solzhenitsyn was sentenced in his absence by Special Council of the NKVD to an eight-year term in a labour camp.

After Khrushchev's Secret Speech in 1956, Solzhenitsyn was freed from exile and exonerated.

Solzhenitsyn received his Nobel Prize at the 1974 ceremony after he had been deported from the Soviet Union.

The Gulag Archipelago has sold over thirty million copies in thirty-five languages.

In August 1971 the KGB allegedly made an attempt to assassinate Solzhenitsyn.

On 12 February 1974, Solzhenitsyn was arrested and deported the next day from the Soviet Union to Frankfurt, West Germany and stripped of his Soviet citizenship.

Solzhenitsyn was given an honorary Literary Degree from Harvard University in 1978.

Despite spending almost two decades in the United States, Solzhenitsyn did not become fluent in spoken English.

In 1994, Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia with his wife, Natalia, who had become a United States citizen.

All of Solzhenitsyn's sons became US citizens.


“The line separating good and evil passes neither through states, nor between political parties either - but right through every human heart.”

“A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country. And for that reason no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.”

“A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.”

“A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.”

“Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.”

“Call no day happy 'til it is done; call no man happy til he is dead.”

“Can a man who's warm understand one who's freezing?”

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