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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Profession: Writer and Nobel Laureate

Soviet Union

Why Famous: The Gulag Archipelago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Born: December 11, 1918
Birthplace: Kislovodsk, Russia

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: August 3, 2008 (aged 89)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1940-04-07 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (21) weds Natalya Reshetovskaya

Events in the Life of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  • 1969-11-12 Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn expelled from the Soviet Writers Union
  • 1970-10-08 Soviet author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 1973-12-28 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn publishes "Gulag Archipelago" - a literary investigation of the police-state system in the Soviet Union
  • 1974-02-13 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is deported from the Soviet Union to Frankfurt, West Germany and stripped of his Soviet citizenship
  • 1974-09-19 The KGB begin a large-scale operation to discredit Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and cut his communications with Soviet dissidents
  • 1994-05-27 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia after 20 years in exile
  • 2007-06-12 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

Quotes by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  • "We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable."