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Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile

Pearce, Joseph

Verlag: Baker Books, 2001
ISBN 10: 080101204X / ISBN 13: 9780801012044
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Titel: Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile

Verlag: Baker Books

Erscheinungsdatum: 2001

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 Among the features of this major new biography are exclusive personal interviews with Solzhenitsyn, previously unpublished poetry, a rare photo gallery, and a focus on the rich faith dimension of this Nobel Prize winner's life.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

Umschlagtext: Based on exclusive, personal interviews with Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Pearce's new book provides profound insight into a towering literary and political figure. From his pro-Communist youth to his imprisonment in the Gulags, his exile in America to his return to Russia, this is the story of a man who has struggled with the most weighty questions of humanity. When a person has suffered the most terrible physical and emotional torture, what becomes of his spirit? Can politics and economics truly provide the answers a modern society needs? If peace and justice are never fully attained, what hope is there for the future? Arguably one of the most significant writers of the twentieth century, Solzhenitsyn has, both before and after the fall of Communism, spoken out against the Russian regime. His faith has deeply informed his literary approach and response to the excesses of modern materialism. On the spiritual, cultural, and socio-political level, his writings have much to teach the world. This biography contains previously unpublished prose poems, written by Solzhenitsyn since his return to Russia, and a gallery of rare photographs. Back flap: Joseph Pearce is a professional biographer and literary researcher. He is the author of Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chersterton, Literary Converts, and Tolkien: Man and Myth, and a novel called The Three Ys Men. He lives in Norfolk, England.

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