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Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1918-2008

The weight of the word of truth: ‘One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world’, Nobel Lecture in Literature, 1970.

Colin Duriez

‘During all the years until 1961, not only was I convinced that I should never see a single line of mine in print in my lifetime, but, also, I scarcely dared allow any of my close acquaintances to read anything I had written because I feared that this would become known. Finally, at the age of 42, this secret authorship began to wear me down. … In 1961 … I decided to emerge and to offer One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.’