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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Warning to the West

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Warning to the West contains the texts of Solzhenitsyn's three speeches in the US in the summer of 1975, soon after his expulsion from the Soviet Union - to the AFL-CIO in Washington and New York, and to the US Congress - and also transcripts of his celebrated BBC interview and radio address in March 1976. "Precisely because this is the worst possible time I have come to tell you about our experience over there," he tells his labor audience in Washington - firmly, tersely, inescapably.

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Author Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich
Full Title Warning to the West
Binding Softcover
Publisher Hill & Wang
Pages 156
ISBN 9780374513344
Language English
Short Description Warning to the West contains the texts of Solzhenitsyn's three speeches in the US in the summer of 1975, soon after his expulsion from the Soviet Union - to the AFL-CIO in Washington and New York, and to the US Congress - and also transcripts of his celebrated BBC interview and radio address in March 1976. "Precisely because this is the worst possible time I have come to tell you about our experience over there," he tells his labor audience in Washington - firmly, tersely, inescapably.
About the Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born in 1918. In February 1945, while he was captain of a reconnaissance battery of the Soviet Army, he was arrested and sentenced to an eight-year term in a labor camp and permanent internal exile, which was cut short by Khrushchev's reforms, allowing him to return from Kazakhstan to Central Russia in 1956. Although permitted to publish One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in 1962 - which remained his only full-length work to have appeared in his homeland until 1990 - Solzhenitsyn was by 1969 expelled from the Writers' Union. The publication in the West of his other novels and, in particular, of The Gulag Archipelago, brought retaliation from the authorities. In 1974, Solzhenitsyn was arrested, stripped of his Soviet citizenship, and forcibly flown to Frankfurt. Solzhenitsyn and his wife and children moved to the United States in 1976. In September 1991, the Soviet government dismissed treason charges against him; Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994. He died near Moscow on August 3, 2008, at the age of 89.

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