By Joseph Pearce
In line with unique, own interviews with Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Pearce's biography of the popular Russian dissident presents profound perception right into a towering literary and political determine.
From his pro-Communist early life to his imprisonment in compelled hard work camps, from his exile in the United States to his go back to Russia, Solzhenitsyn struggled with the weightiest questions of human lifestyles: whilst somebody has suffered the main poor actual and emotional torture, what turns into of his spirit? Can technology, politics and economics really supply all of man's wishes?
In his acclaimed literary and ancient works, Solzhenitsyn uncovered the brutality of the Soviet regime. most renowned for his novel sooner or later within the lifetime of Ivan Denisovich and his three-volume disclose of the Russian police country, The Gulag Archipelago, he received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970.
Solzhenitsyn's Christian religion deeply proficient his reaction to the inhumanity of recent materialism because it took form in 20th- century Russia. His critique applies not just to Communism, even though, but additionally to the post-Christian capitalism now dominant within the West. at the non secular, cultural, and socio-political point, his writings nonetheless have a lot to coach the area.
This booklet additionally incorporates a gallery of infrequent photos.
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Success in the economic sphere was not so simple for the post-revolutionary government. Soviet policies were causing chaos. Since money was almost worthless, the rural peasantry had no incentive to sell their scarce produce in the cities. The Bolshevik response was to send Red Guards into the countryside to seize food and to set up “committees of the poor”, which in turn incited class war against the wealthier peasants, or kulaks. In the cities, a form of labor discipline was introduced under the guise of “War Communism”, which differed little in its harshness from the pre-trade union days under the tsar.
In March 1932, at around the time that his heartbroken and impoverished grandfather was dying in mysterious circumstances, the thirteen-year-old Solzhenitsyn witnessed his first arrest. With the slushy remains of the winter’s snow still on the ground, he had gone round to the home of the Fedorovskys, who were close family friends. As he arrived, he stopped, startled, in his tracks at the sight of Vladimir Fedorovsky, the nearest person in his life to a father, being escorted by two strangers to a waiting car.
Early next morning, the seventy-two-year-old woke from an uncomfortable and restless night and crept out to go to church while mother and child still slept. Soon after his departure, they were rudely awakened by the sound of boots kicking against their door. Two Soviet secret policemen burst into the room and demanded to see Zakhar, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the illegal hoarding of gold. These agents had followed the old man from his home in Georgievsk, where he had already been detained twice and questioned on the same subject.