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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: Soviet writer and political dissident whose novels exposed the brutality of Soviet labor camps (born in 1918) [syn: Solzhenitsyn, Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn]

Merriam Webster's

biographical name Aleksandr Isayevich 1918- Russian novelist

Britannica Concise

Russian novelist and historian. He fought in World War II but was arrested in 1945 for criticizing J. Stalin. He spent eight years in prisons and labor camps and three more in enforced exile. With One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962), based on his labor-camp experiences, he emerged as an eloquent opponent of government repression. He was forced to publish later works abroad, incl. The First Circle (1968), Cancer Ward (1968), and August 1914 (1971). Publication of the first volume of The Gulag Archipelago (1973), one of the greatest works in Russian prose, resulted in his being charged with treason. Expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974, he lived in the U.S., enjoying worldwide fame, until 1994, when he returned home. In the late 1980s glasnost brought renewed access to his work in Russia, but also a loss of interest in it and in the prophetic role he claimed for himself in Russian history. He was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize.



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