Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in Russia, December 11th, 1918, in Moscow. As I said in a previous blog post, Aleksandr had to go to jail for insulting Joseph Stalin. Aleksandr didn't only get inspiration for the book "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich", he also got inspiration for more books, like "The Gulag Archipelago". Aleksandr was incredibly lucky that he was able to publish his works even thought they were mostly about the camps and it was very likely that his works would be unpublished.
Even though the majority of his works were published, some weren't. An example is "200 Years Together", in which in one of the chapters Aleksandr described in the camp Bolshaya Kaluzhskaya 30.