Monday, August 4, 2008

Solzhenitsyn, chronicler of Soviet gulag, dies

Solzhenitsyn, chronicler of Soviet gulag, dies - Yahoo! News
MOSCOW - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize-winning Russian author whose books chronicled the horrors of dictator Josef Stalin's slave labor camps, has died of heart failure, his son said Monday. He was 89.

Stepan Solzhenitsyn told The Associated Press his father died late Sunday at his home near Moscow, but declined further comment.

Through unflinching accounts of the years he spent in the Soviet
gulag, Solzhenitsyn's novels and non-fiction works exposed the secret
history of the vast prison system that enslaved millions. The accounts
riveted his countrymen and earned him years of bitter exile, but
international renown.

And they inspired millions, perhaps, with the knowledge that one
person's courage and integrity could, in the end, defeat the
totalitarian machinery of an empire...

[Following the death of Naguib Mahfouz
in 2006, Solzhenitsyn became the oldest living Nobel laureate in
literature. He is survived by his wife, Natalya, who acted as his
spokesman, and his three sons, including Stepan, Ignat, a pianist and
conductor, and Yermolai. All live in the United States.]

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