Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: “One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world.”


As readers, writers, human beings, I don’t think we would be quite the same without Solzhenitsyn. I was in my late teens when I discovered A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The Cancer Ward. I was, and remain amazed by his ability to describe the most harrowing of settings and situations without sinking into despair.

And how not to remember Solzhenitsyn as a public figure? He spoke up with the same courage, the same boldness, the same lucidity against the atrocities of the Soviet regime, the putrid oligarchy that now rules Russia and the soulless materialism of the West. Yes, he may well be the most important writer of the 20th century, and I hope that his death today at the age of 89 will at last bring him the recognition some would have denied him.

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4 Comments to “Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: “One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world.””

  1. Catherine Delors says:

    Indeed, Elena!

  2. “He spoke up with the same courage, the same boldness, the same lucidity against the atrocities of the Soviet regime, the putrid oligarchy that now rules Russia and the soulless materialism of the West.”

    Isn’t that the truth!

  3. Catherine Delors says:

    What a story indeed! The courage it took at the time to bring the existence of the Gulag to the world’s attention. In the Soviet Union, and even in the US, where this earned AS the reputation of a crank and a trouble-maker (hence the advice from Kissinger to President Ford not to meet with the writer.)
    I don’t know if you read Dostoevsky’s Memoirs from the House of the Dead, on the same theme, but this time under the tsarist regime. Another great work, and one I read many times.

  4. Elisa says:

    I read “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” for my Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Comp class in high school. What a story! My teacher showed our class the movie; it accurately followed the book well. It gave a window into life in a gulag during that time period.

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