Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 'an extraordinary human being'

5th January 2010

The son of Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn thinks it is hard to live up to the writer's reputation.

In an interview with the Times, Ignat Solzhenitsyn said that his father, who wrote One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, was an 'extraordinary human being' as well as a talented author.

He added that having Solzhenitsyn, who helped to make the world aware of the terrible conditions in the Soviet gulag, as his father gave him a powerful example to live up.

'My brothers and I cannot, and nor do we strive to, become him. But as an example of moral and physical courage, it's a great example to have in one's life,' Ignat told the newspaper.

However, he said that it was not overwhelming to grow up as Solzhenitsyn's son, as the author was free of the 'quirks and deviations' that are commonly associated with artists.

Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, with Karl Ragnar Gierow of the Swedish Academy saying in his presentation speech that the publication of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich heralded the emergence of a major writer.

Latest Blog
Richard Aronowitz on the darkness lurking in his past and its connection to his role as a Nazi loot-hunter at the auction house, Sothebys
25/05/2017

Richard talks about the darkness lurking in his past and its connection to his role as a Nazi loot-hunter at the auction house, Sothebys.

Finding Awe in the Extremes
25/05/2017

Brian describes how his ambivalence at having served in the Iraq war, and the awe to be found in extremes, provided the basis for his novel.

On National Brothers Day, Stuart Heritage Reflects on his Relationship with his Brother, Pete
24/05/2017

On National Brothers Day, Stuart Heritage reflects on fraternal dynamics, how he came to write about the 'whirlwind of aggressive single-mindedness' that is his brother Pete and how their relationship is reflected by that of brothers everywhere.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd