Alexander Solzhenitsyn: Live Not By Lies

Once every month (on the third Thursday), I read a story to adults (handcrafters plus whomever else is interested) at the library where I work. This month, I’m considering reading a story by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, but I haven’t decided yet which one.

I was inspired to look up more about him, as I know very little.

Solzhenitsyn “penned this essay in 1974 and it circulated among Moscow’s intellectuals at the time. It is dated Feb. 12, the same day that secret police broke into his apartment and arrested him. The next day he was exiled to West Germany. The essay is a call to moral courage and serves as light to all who value truth.”

Solzhenitsyn’s own description of his life, written at the time he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1970), can be found at

Blessed Hieromonk Seraphim Rose said Solzhenitsyn’s was a typical Soviet life, and outlines his message to us.

The ROCA site calls Solzhenitsyn “a prophet for today.”

The New York Times titled a review of a 1998 biography of Solzhenitsyn “In Exile Wherever He Goes…”


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