The NYT reports that the Nobel winning writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, has died.
The article states that he died of heart failure at the age of 89.
“Solzhenitsyn’s unflinching accounts of torment and survival in the Soviet Union’s slave labor camps riveted his countrymen, whose secret history he exposed. They earned him 20 years of bitter exile, but international renown,” the article states.
One of his more famous works is the Gulag Archipelago, a trilogy that “shocked readers by describing the savagery of the Soviet state under the dictator Josef Stalin,” the NYT states.
According to his Wikipedia page:
“It was based upon Solzhenitsyn’s own experience as well as the testimony of 227 former prisoners and Solzhenitsyn’s own research into the history of the penal system. It discussed the system’s origins from Lenin and the very founding of the Communist regime, detailing everything from interrogation procedures and prisoner transports, to camp culture, prisoner uprisings and revolts, and the practice of internal exile. The appearance of the book in the West put the word gulag into the Western political vocabulary and guaranteed swift retribution from the Soviet authorities.”
Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.