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Solzhenitsyn and the Modern World

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Joseph Pearce


Even before Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II helped finish off the Soviet Communist regime, one man took them on alone, with a series of novels the Soviets refused to allow in print. Faced with the choice of killing Solzhenitsyn or kicking him out of the USSR, they exiled him. They flinched. It was the beginning of the end for the Soviets.

Unprecedented access From his pro-Communist youth to his imprisonment in the Gulags, to his exile in America, to his triumphant return to Russia, this is the story of a man who struggled alone with a Satanic communist state. Long known to distrust Western journalists, Alexander Solzhenitsyn nonetheless gave writer Joseph Pearce, biographer of G. K. Chesterton and J.R.R. Tolkien and author of Literary Converts, unprecedented access. The result is this major biography of one of the leading figures of the 20th century. Solzhenitsyn gave Pearce personal and exclusive interviews. Solzhenitsyn's family was available and enormously helpful. Where else can you get a biography of Solzhenitsyn which covers every aspect of the man— and has garnered praise like this:

"Solzhenitsyn is widely considered one of the giants of the 20th century, but until Joseph Pearce's biography, half of him went missing in all the Solzhenitsyn literature."—Chilton Williamson Jr., author of The Conservative Bookshelf.

"The author has grasped with great insight the spiritual core of Solzhenitsyn's achievement as a writer, and indeed as a prophet to Russia and the world. He writes with warm sympathy for Russia's greatest literary voice in modern times."—David Aikman, author of Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century

"Joseph Pearce is best at what matters most about Solzhenitsyn: the centrality of the author's Christian faith. It is no wonder that Solzhenitsyn chose to...provide him with fresh information. Newcomers to Solzhenitsyn should start with this biography. They will find here a highly readable rendition of one of the most sensational lives of the twentieth century." —Edward E. Ericson, Jr., author of Solzhenitsyn and the Modern World

"Joseph Pearce offers a full-fledged biography of Solzhenitsyn, one based in substantial measure on the spadework of earlier researchers, yet with an emphasis markedly his own. Pearce has paid Solzhenitsyn the compliment of taking his moral beliefs and aspirations seriously."—Alexis Klimoff, professor of Russian Studies, Vassar College

Lavish hardcover on top grade paper with a gallery of 24 rare photos on thick glossy stock

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