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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (98 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Narrator: Richard Brown Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The great Russian novelist and historian here reveals his round-by-round personal account of what it was like to be a writer in a Communist regime. He tells of his ten-year war to outwit Russia's rulers and get his works published in his own country.
During his lengthy stay in the Gulag, Solzhenitsyn spent considerable time writing in total secrecy. In the 60s he was released and found himself a fairly free man. Soon thereafter, Khrushchev denounced Stalin, hope emerged briefly, and the underground writer decided to surface. The result was the publication in Russia of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and with it, the first public exposure of the truth about the prison camps. From this point, as would be expected, the KGB pursued him and Solzhenitsyn here tells of his clever strategy to foil their attempts to re-arrest him. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 11/30/2009

    " This was my favorite of all his books. Since I read it in the 70's, I don't remember why, but since it was about him as a writer, that's probably the reason I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 6/5/2009

    " This was my favorite of all his books. Since I read it in the 70's, I don't remember why, but since it was about him as a writer, that's probably the reason I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ashley | 10/3/2008

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About the Author

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (1918–2008) was born in Kislovodsk, Russia. A twice-decorated captain in the Soviet Army, he was stripped of his rank, arrested, and convicted for privately criticizing Stalin in 1945. Exiled from the USSR in 1974, he eventually settled in the United States before returning to his homeland twenty years later after the Soviet system had collapsed. Among his acclaimed works are the novels One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The First Circle. His literary awards include the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Medal of Honor for Literature.