Monday, September 29, 2014

Risk Taker Reacher-Owain

What happened to author after this book was banned?

The author Alexander Solzhenitsyn's book was published 50 years ago. This shocked the entire Soviet Union at the time because it was the first book that describe a life of a prisoner inside a gulag and because it was while the soviet union was around. On 7 July 1945, Alexander Solzhenitsyn was sentenced  to an eight-year term in a labour camp. This was the normal sentence for most crimes at the time. In March 1953, after his sentence ended, Solzhenitsyn was sent to internal exile for life at Kok-Terek in the northeastern region of Kazakhstan, very close to the current border with Russia. In 1962 Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to European Russia. In 1960, aged 42, he went to Aleksandr Tvardovsky, a poet and the chief editor of the Novyi Mir magazine, with the manuscript of One Day in the Life of Ivan DenisovichIt was published in edited form in 1962, with the explicit approval of Nikita Khrushchev. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich brought the Soviet system of prison labour to the attention of the West. It caused as much of a sensation in the Soviet Union as it did in the West.It was the first major piece of Soviet literature since the 1920s on a politically charged theme, written by a non-party member, indeed a man who had been to Siberia for "libelous speech" about the leaders, and yet its publication had been officially permitted.

I think that the past was pretty harsh on people. Alexander Solzhenitsyn just wanted to write a book about one day of a prisoners life in a boot camp. And he got punished 8 years for that. In my opinion I think that this is wrong because it is just a book and if Russia did something  wrong they should pay the price.

                                                                Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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