Solzhenitsyn, Dead at 89

Sad to hear today that Alexander Solzenhitsyn died today, aged 89. I’ve admired his work for a long time, since I studied One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich at school, and in my reading of his writing ever since.

I’ve read most of his work, including his gruelling potrayals of the Soviet gulag, and taught One Day in the Life.. to Year 11s as recently as last year.

I wouldn’t say he was a particularly poetic writer, and too political in temperament for me mostly. But at his best he grasped a moment in twentieth century history and showed us the truth of it.

More from the NY Times HERE

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