Alexander Solzhenitsyn


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Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian writer, dissident and activist. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and the Soviet Union's forced labor camp system from 1918 to 1956. While his writings were often suppressed, he wrote several books most notably The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, two of his best-known ... more »

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  • ''Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.''
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn (b. 1918), Russian novelist. Commencement address, June 7, 1978, Harvard University.
  • I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is...
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn (b. 1918), Russian novelist. Commencement address, June 7, 1978, Harvard University.
  • ''You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power—he's free again.''
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn (b. 1918), Russian novelist. Bobynin, in The First Circle, ch. 17 (1968).
  • ''For a country to have a great writer ... is like having another government. That's why no régime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.''
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn (b. 1918), Russian novelist. Innokenty, in The First Circle, ch. 57 (1968).
  • ''For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion.''
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn (b. 1918), Russian novelist. Radio broadcast, BBC Russian service. Listener (London, Feb. 15, 1979).
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