Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century in His Life

Alexander Solzhenitsyn A Century in His Life One of the most important literary biographies of recent times this is not only the story of one of this century s greatest writers but the history of Russia itself Already featured in a controversi

One of the most important literary biographies of recent times, this is not only the story of one of this century s greatest writers, but the history of Russia itself Already featured in a controversial New York Times article, this magisterial biography will attract attention throughout the literary world 16 page photo insert.

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century in His Life

  1. D.M Thomas was born in Cornwall in 1935 After reading English at New College, Oxford, he became a teacher and was Head of the English Department at Hereford College of Education until he became a full time writer His first novel The Flute Player won the Gollancz Pan Picador Fantasy Competition He is also known for his collections of verse and his translation from the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova.He was awarded the Los Angeles Fiction prize for his novel The White Hotel, an international bestseller, translated into 30 languages a Cholmondeley award for poetry and the Orwell Prize for his biography of Alexander Solzhenitsyn He lives in his native Cornwall, England.

196 Reply to “Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century in His Life”

  1. During the 60 s and 70 s, I became aware of Russia s greatest writer of that time, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and the great struggle that was his life I read his works, and viewed him as a strong moral voice in the midst of a corrupt government and society, the Soviet Union This biography gives the complete context of Solzhenitsyn s life, up to the late 90 s It is very well written, comparing the author s works to his eventful life Heartily recommended to anyonw ith an interest in Solzhenitsyn.

  2. Having read the Gulag Archipelago and August 1914, I found this book really exciting The author of the biography has extensively researched the life of Solzhenitsyn, even going back as far as his grandparents When you consider how much Solzhenitsyn suffered physically and mentally in the Gulags, how he overcame very serious health problems afterwards and all the problems he overcame to write his books, he was a very amazing person, devoting all his time to creating his masterpieces.

  3. An excellent, astounding read Momentous in scope It taught me about Russia, and the Russian spirit, than virtually anything I ve read.In tackling such a solemn, profound subject, D.M Thomas made it a well paced read, that was both dense with fact and atmosphere, and entertaining.Now to reread Dosteyevsky and Tolstoy.

  4. The author is decidedly Freudian in how he interprets Solzhenitsyn which gives it a bizarre twist, but being a poet, he brings a perspective from a literary view that helps one to understand Russian writers better The author is also an unapologetic anti communist in his analysis of history of the U.S.S.R which I appreciated.

  5. A magnificient biography of a towering Russian literary figure a not insignificant writer in his own rightThomas understanding of Russian History and Literature as well as his clear affection for Solzhenitsyn combine to make this a compelling read.

  6. I first wanted to read One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch as a short intro to Sanya s writing but couldn t find a copy Strange that our local library has zero by or about Solzhenitsyn So I started reading Vol 1 of Gulag Archepelago, but found it too detailed with things I didn t know about at all Then I noticed my mother had this biography, so am now pleased to have finished it Thomas does a good job explaining the times in Tzarist and revolutionary Russia, USSR, as well as the West during [...]

  7. A fantastic read Just as Solzhenitsyn brought a novelist s sensibility to the real life experiences of the inhabitants of the Gulag Archipelago, so D.M.Thomas brings his novelist s craft as well as his deep knowledge of both Russia and psychology to this biography With subject matter like this, who needs fiction As the title implies, this is in part a history of the Soviet Union from the pre revolutionary years to the post Soviet but pre Putin times There could be no better lens through which to [...]

  8. This is an interesting supplement to those who are interested in Solzhenitsyn Not a book to read before you read AS, but one to read after a heavy dose of Solzhenitsyn The biography covers up to the last 10 years of his life, which appear to be relatively quiet from what suggests anyway It is interesting how this author evaluates Solzhenitsyn s later work The Red Wheel, which only has two of four knots published in English I found outstanding and fascinating I literally thirst for the publicatio [...]

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