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Anyone else have an opinion on Solzhenitsyn or his work?

Asked by kevbo (25667points) August 4th, 2008

Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died recently at age 89. His exhaustive insider account on the extensive prison system of Soviet Russia, which had interned more than 60 million people (both criminals and political dissidents/threats) absolutely blew my mind, if anything, for the fact that a nation would perpetuate, even self-enforce, the seemingly unjust imprisonment of a significant percentage of it’s population. The scale and perversity of logic (based primarily a quota system) involved to ensure a steady supply of forced prison labor likewise was jaw dropping. His goal in writing the work was to ensure that the evils of that system were as visible as the rest of that period’s history, and I think it is probably one of the best uses of writing talent that I have encountered.

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syz's avatar

Sorry, I don’t have any exposure to him, but there is an article in today’s that you might appreciate.

kevbo's avatar

You’re right. That’s a great article, and it doesn’t let go of the contradictions of his later life, which I don’t know as much about.

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