Nobel Prize-Winning Author Dies

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“At five o’clock that morning reveille was sounded, as usual, by the blows of a hammer on a length of rail hanging up near the staff headquarters.” This is the opening sentence (translated) of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, his short, powerful novel describing a typical day in the life of a prisoner in the Gulag——that chain of camps in Siberia where the Soviet Union kept its political prisoners. Solzhenitsyn, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature for novels like Cancer Ward and First Circle and nonfiction like The Gulag Archipelago, died August 3rd at the age of 89 in his home country, to which he had returned after the collapse of the Soviet Union. At one time a prisoner of the Gulag, he was a famous dissident whose writings had already been smuggled out of Russia and published in the West before the Soviets deported him in 1974. For many years Solzhenitsyn lived in Vermont, but he was never happy in the West and went back to his native country as soon as it was politically feasible. The Virginia Western Brown Library has many of Solzhenitsyn’s translated works, including One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, which is an excellent place to start if you would like to become acquainted with this great 20th century writer. ——David Hillman, Library Director

The Brown Library’s collection of works by Alexander Solzhenitsyn includes:

  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Circulating collection, call number PG3488.O4 O33 1998
  • Cancer Ward. Circulating collection, call number PG3488.O4 C3 1969
  • First Circle. Circulating collection, call number PG3488.O4 F5 1968
  • The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation. Circulating collection, call number HV9713.S6413

For more information, read the AP article Solzhenitsyn, chronicler of Soviet gulag, dies.”

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