Based on exclusive, personal interviews with Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Pearce's 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 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, both before and after the fall of Communism, spoke out against the Russian regime. His faith 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This biography contains previously unpublished prose poems written by Solzhenitsyn after his return to Russia, and a gallery of rare photographs.
Pearce 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, Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century
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 Pearce 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, Solzhenitsyn and the Modern World
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About the Author
Joseph Pearce, director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, is the author of three books on Shakespeare, all published by Ignatius Press, and is the editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions of Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. He is editor of the St. Austin Review (or StAR), a magazine of Christian culture and tradition published by St. Augustine’s Press.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition xi
Preface to the First Edition xii
1 Child of the Revolution 1
2 Blissful Ignorance 14
3 Man and Wife 37
4 Man of War 48
5 Arrested Development 67
6 Hell into Purgatory 79
7 Profit from Loss 95
8 Life and Death 114
9 Beautiful Exile 129
10 Ivan the Terrible 148
11 Too Hot to Handle 167
12 Old Enemies and New Friends 183
13 "I Feel Sorry for Russia" 200
14 Out in the Cold 213
15 Cold-Shouldered 234
16 Champion of Orthodoxy 251
17 Russia Reborn 268
18 Rebuilding on Green Foundations 283
19 A Prophet at Home 303
20 Solzhenitsyn at Eighty 323
21 Troublous Times 340
22 Pessimistic Optimist 354
23 "I Am Not Afraid of Death" 361
24 Consummatum Est 373
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