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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.

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