What is the cultural and educational background of the author and how did this background influence the book? In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author’s world view?
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian author, historian and teacher who witnessed the harsh life in Soviet prison labor camps. He spent eight years in those camps. During the war, between 1944 and 1945, Solzhenitsyn had shared his ideology with his school friend Vitkevich, criticizing Stalin but referring to him with other names, like "Khozyain" and "Balabos" (Wikipedia). Nevertheless, Alexandr was arrested. He was accused of anti-Soviet propaganda. He was beaten and interrogated at Lubyanka prison in Moscow, and was sentenced to eight years of hard labor in 1945 (Russiapedia). Spending the next five months at correctional camps near Moscow, he was forced to work on city building projects. In 1946, because of his intelligence and mathematical competence, he was sent to the Scientific Research Institute in Moscow, where he spent four years. In 1950, Solzhenitsyn was sent to yet another camp, Ekibastuz in Kazakhstan, a camp for political prisoners only, to serve the three years remaining in his sentence. There, he would later use his experiences at the camps to write the widely known book,“One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.”