One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Introduction, Foreword + Pages 3-32
The book's publication was a superb event in Soviet literary history since never before had an account of Stalinist repression had been ever openly distributed(Wikipedia). This author, wrote a short introduction in terms of the book, entitled "Instead of a Foreword", to prepare the journal's readers for what they were about to read and get themselves into. It was heavy, and something no one had ever done before. So he basically had to warn the reader, to not get him/her startled right off the bat.
Alexandr Slozhenitsyn, was born in Kislovodsk on 11th of December, 1918. His father studied at Moscow University, but unfortunately could not complete it because as soon as 1914 came along, war broke out. He fought in it and died in the summer of 1918, six months after young Alexandr was born.
“Even as a child, without any prompting from others, I wanted to be a writer and, indeed, I turned out a good deal of the usual juvenilia. In the 1930s, I tried to get my writings published, but I could not find anyone willing to accept my manuscripts. I wanted to acquire a literary education, but in Rostov such an education that would suit my wishes was not to be obtained. To move to Moscow was not possible, partly because my mother was alone and in poor health, and partly because of our modest circumstances(Nobel Prizes).”
He then started to study Mathematics in the Rostov University, but soon noticed it wasn’t what he wanted to do. Still stuck to the writer's thought, he began to get some literary education as well.
Later on, he got arrested for publishing a censored book.