Alexander Solzhenitsyn Is Dead at 89
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize-winning author whose
books chronicled the horrors of the Soviet gulag system, has
died of heart failure, his son said Monday.
He was a Russian novelist, dramatist and historian. Through his writings, he made the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet labour camp system, and, for these efforts, Solzhenitsyn was both awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970 and exiled from the Soviet Union in 1974. He returned to Russia in 1994. That year, he was elected as a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in the Department of Language and Literature. He is the father of Ignat Solzhenitsyn, a well-known conductor and pianist. He died at home from heart failure on August 3, 2008.
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