Monday, August 4, 2008

Alexander Solzhenitsyn Passes

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize-winning author, passed away at 89 on August 3rd in Moscow. Growing up he was one of the authors my mother pressed upon me to read. For a while, it was either Jacques Ellul or Solzhenitsyn.

"Dear, you have to read his 'Gulag Archipelago'... promise me you'll read it this week."

"Yes, mom. I will... next week."

Eventually months later I read it. This was one of the many bitter pills of childhood I was better for taking in hindsight.

TIME has a great piece on his life, "Remembering Aleksander Solzhenitsyn"

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