Sunday, March 1, 2015

Job #6- Risk Taking Researcher- Simone

Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a small town called, Kislovodsk which is in the Caucasus Mountain range. He was born in 1918 on December 11th. At a very young age, Solzhenitsyn and his mother moved to Rostov-na-Donu, after his father died. Solzhenitsyn and his mother lived hard lives in Rostov-na-Donu, living in sometimes stables, but mostly huts. 

Solzhenitsyn lived this way while going to school until he went to University. He went to Rostov University in 1938. Then later he changed schools and went to the University of Moscow to study literature and science. He got married in 1940, graduated in 1941, and then joined the Red Army right after the Nazis invaded Russia. He became captain in the Battle of Leningrad. Then in 1945 in February, he was arrested for criticizing the Stalin in letters he sent to his friends. At the age of twenty-seven he was sent to prison and was going to serve 8 years. He was also exiled. He first served in a correctional labor camp, then he served in a prison research institute, which was near Moscow. After that he was sent to a mining camp, which was in Kazakhstan. At this camp Solzhenitsyn decided to write One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. 

Once he was released from prison, he had an operation to cure his cancer and had an amazing recovery. Then he found a job for himself and because a high school math teacher in Siberia, where he was forced to live. In 1957, Solzhenitsyn was accepted to go back to Russia. He moved to Ryazan and kept teaching math and physics until he published One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich was published in 1962 in November. This book made Solzhenitsyn very famous. After One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Solzhenitsyn had published a few more other famous books such as, The First Circle out of the Country, The First CircleCancer Ward, and The Gulag Archipelago were published in a way when the Soviet Union banned him from writing anymore books. 

Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature but didn't go to the ceremony. On February 13, 1974, Solzhenitsyn was sent to Germany. Solzhenitsyn is now currently living in Germany, still thinking badly and saying bad things about the Soviet Union. He is also saying that he believes one day the Soviet Union will improve.

All information from:
Works Cited Houghton, 2014. Web. 1 Mar. 2015. <>.


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