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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile

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Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile

Arguably one of the most significant writers of the twentieth century, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, according to Joseph Pearce, has too often been stereotyped as a prophet of doom, a pessimist, someone out of touch with reality, and irrelevant. Pearce sets out to challenge this typical media typecasting: Solzhenitsyn as "paradox personified: the pessimistic optimist." He shows how Solzhenitsyn's Christian faith brought him to the truth that shines so clearly in all his writing: that "creeping knowledge that human history may be little more than a long defeat in a land of exile. Yet such a defeat, however long, is rooted in time: temporal and therefore temporary."

Among the features of this major new biography are exclusive personal interviews with Solzhenitsyn, previously unpublished poetry, a rare photo gallery, and a focus on the rich faith dimension of this Nobel Prize winner's life. Any new student of Solzhenitsyn should start with this book.

"Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the process loses his soul."

The author 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

Joseph Pearce offers a full-fledged biography of Solzhenitsyn, one based in substantial measure on the spadework of earlier researchers, yet with an emphasis markedly his own. Pearce has paid Solzhenitsyn the compliment of taking his moral beliefs and aspirations seriously, in this sense going beyond the issues of politics and ideology (but which he also treats with care and understanding). -Alexis Klimoff, professor of Russian Studies, Vassar College

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 him 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., professor of English, Calvin College

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