All posts tagged One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1918-2008

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died August 3 at the age of 89. Solzhenitsyn was a Russian author, political dissident, social critic, and one of the great thinkers and writers of the 20th century. Time magazine called his Gulag Archepleago, “the most important book of the 20th century.” In 1970 he was awarded a Nobel Prize for his, One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich. Personally, I regard his commencement address at Harvard University on June 8, 1978 as one of the most prophetic events of the 20th century. In his address, A World Split Apart, Solzhenitsyn argues that the only hope for the future of western civilization is a spiritual awakening. Here is a portion of the Harvard address. I urge you to read it thoughtfully and perceive how prophetic it was then and remains today.
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