Arguably one of the most significant writers of the 20th century, Solzhenitsyn has, since the fall of Communism, spoken out against the current Russian regime and now lives in seclusion. His faith has always deeply informed his literary and artistic approach and his response to the excesses of modern materialism. On the spiritual, cultural, and socio-political level, his writings have much to teach the world as it prepares for the new millennium. Based on personal interviews with Solzhenitsyn and his family, Joseph Pearce's major new book provides a profoundly fascinating insight into a towering literary and political figure.
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Based on exclusive, personal interviews with Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Pearce's new book provides profound insight into a towering literary and political figure. From his pro-Communist youth to his imprisonment in the Gulags, his exile in America to his return to Russia, this is the story of a man who has struggled with the most weighty questions of humanity. When a person has suffered the most terrible physical and emotional torture, what becomes of his spirit? Can politics and economics truly provide the answers a modern society needs? If peace and justice are never fully attained, what hope is there for the future? Arguably one of the most significant writers of the twentieth century, Solzhenitsyn has, both before and after the fall of Communism, spoken out against the Russian regime. His faith has deeply informed his literary approach and response to the excesses of modern materialism. On the spiritual, cultural, and socio-political level, his writings have much to teach the world. This biography contains previously unpublished prose poems, written by Solzhenitsyn since his return to Russia, and a gallery of rare photographs. Back flap: Joseph Pearce is a professional biographer and literary researcher. He is the author of Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chersterton, Literary Converts, and Tolkien: Man and Myth, and a novel called The Three Ys Men. He lives in Norfolk, England.From the Back Cover:
"Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the process loses his soul." "The author has grasped with great insight the spiritual core of Solzhenitsyn's achievement as a writer, and indeed as a prophet to Russia and the world. He writes with warm sympathy for Russia's greatest literary voice in modern times." --David Aikman, author of Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century "Joseph Pearce offers a full-fledged biography of Solzhenitsyn, one based in substantial measure on the spadework of earlier researchers, yet with an emphasis markedly his own. Pearce has paid Solzhenitsyn the compliment of taking his moral beliefs and aspirations seriously, in this sense going beyond the issues of politics and ideology (but which he also treats with care and understanding)." --Alexis Klimoff, professor of Russian Studies, Vassar College "Joseph Pearce is best on what matters most about Solzhenitsyn: the centrality of the author's Christian faith. It is no wonder that Solzhenitsyn chose to . . . provide him with fresh information. Newcomers to Solzhenitsyn should start with this biography. They will find here a highly readable rendition of one of the most sensational lives of the twentieth century." --Edward E. Ericson, Jr., author of Solzhenitsyn and the Modern World, professor of English, Calvin College
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Acceptable. Acceptable items may shows sign of prior usage, pages stained or discoloured from the outside. Covers/corners and spine may be worn/bent, may contain stickers/stamps or previous owners name (May contain gift note). For detailed description please contact seller. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001260663
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Book Description HarperCollinsPublishers, London, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. [This new biography contains previously unpublished prose poems, written by Solzhenitsyn since his return to Russia. Many of the photographs are also published here for the first time]. HARDCOVER WITH DUST JACKET, 334 pages, illustrated, clean and in good condition, minor shelf wear and the pages and edges have yellowed a little. Packed securely. [file - bay 51]. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 034302
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Book Description London, Harper Collins, 1999. First Edition. Octavo. XIII, 334 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and its totalitarianism and helped to raise global awareness of its Gulag forced labor camp system. He was allowed to publish only one work in the Soviet Union, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962), in the periodical Novy Mir. After this he had to publish in the West, most notably Cancer Ward (1968), August 1914 (1971), and The Gulag Archipelago (1973). Solzhenitsyn was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature". Solzhenitsyn was afraid to go to Stockholm to receive his award for fear that he would not be allowed to reenter. He was eventually expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974, but returned to Russia in 1994 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Solzhenitsyn died of heart failure near Moscow on 3 August 2008, at the age of 89. A burial service was held at Donskoy Monastery, Moscow, on Wednesday, 6 August 2008. He was buried the same day in the monastery in a spot he had chosen. Russian and world leaders paid tribute to Solzhenitsyn following his death. (Wikipedia). Bookseller Inventory # 43597AB