Posted on December 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Jeffrey Bruner
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born on this day in 1918. Solzhenitsyn was banned from the Soviet Union in 1974, but returned 20 years later after the collapse of the union. Deemed a threat to the state, Solzhenitsyn was sentenced to a labor camp. His experiences there formed the basis for The Gulag Archipelago, a three-volume work about the labor camps that Solzhenitsyn worked on in secret during the 1960s. A final manuscript was smuggled out of the country to France, where it was published in 1973. Solzhenitsyn was exiled from the Soviet Union just six weeks later.
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John Green.
― John Green.
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