Monday, 4 August 2008

Alexander Solzhenitsyn dies

The report is here.

An obituary is here.

Solzhenitsyn had a strong Christian faith and has now gone to meet his Lord and Saviour.

His short book, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, is a picture of life in the Soviet gulag with a wonderful testimony of faith from one of the prisoners, a Baptist pastor. An easy way into Solzhenitsyn's writings.


Michael K said...

a sample of AS (I couldn't find source):
“The problems of both East and West are a disaster rooted in agnosticism and atheism. It is the calamity of an autonomous, irreligious humanistic consciousness. It has made man the measure of all things on earth - imperfect man, who is never free of pride, self-interest, envy, vanity, and dozens of other defects. We are now paying for the mistakes which were not properly appraised at the beginning of the journey. On the way from the Renaissance to our days we have enriched our experience, but we have lost the concept of a Supreme Complete Entity which used to restrain our passions and our irresponsibility.”

The Pook said...

I read The Gulag Archipelago a few decades ago. It wasn't easy. He wrote like a Russian.