RIP Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn leaves behind him a vast and complicated legacy--a legacy with which COMMENTARY has been engaged for more than…

One of the most titanic figures of modern literature has died. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the novelist and (more importantly) chronicler of the vast system of Soviet prison camps, died in Moscow late Sunday night. John Podhoretz discusses the death and Solzhenitsyn’s autobiography The Oak and the Calf here. But that’s only the beginning: Solzhenitysn’s contributions to art and to political life are too vast and multifarious to cover with any single effort, and COMMENTARY has devoted a large amount of effort to analyzing and understanding what Solzhenitsyn meant as a moral and philosophical figure.

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RIP Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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