Reconsidering Solzhenitsyn (2/3) – Solzhenitsyn, a Shout

Reconsidering Solzhenitsyn (2/3) – Solzhenitsyn, a Shout

Rev. Thierry de Roucy          June 1st, 2012

Fifty years ago, A day in the life of Ivan Denissovitch was published, and soon became a literary milestone, and a worldwide phaenomenon. In this novel inspired and documented by his own experience of deportation, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) unveils the horror of the Gulag, and ignited a fascinating debate over the mysterious value of suffering: There are moments when I say, 'God bless you, prison.' . . .

In this article written in 2008, soon after the Nobel Prize recipient's death, Heart's Home founder Rev. Thierry de Roucy pays hommage to Solzhenitsyn: the writer, the survivor, the man. In our 21st century that is so young, and yet already so heavily burdenned with suffering, Rev. de Roucy presents Solzhenitsyn as a true master: a man who awakens the fundamental questions, those very questions "that have the power to raise us up, or to destroy us."

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