Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Dec 11, 2013: The 95th Birthday of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Today marks the 95th birthday of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Laureate in literature and Soviet dissident who lived approximately 18 of the 20 years he was exiled from Russia in Cavendish. During that time, he wrote The Red Wheel, a history of the Russian Revolution.
To mark this important anniversary, the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) is planning a series of activities through out 2014. Among them are
• A discussion of “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch” on Saturday January 11. This is a joint project of CHS and the Cavendish Library and will take place at the Cavendish Library in Proctorsville. More information to follow.
• On Wednesday February 5, conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn will be discussing his father’s writing of the Red Wheel and his family’s life in Cavendish in the 1980’s. This is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series and will take place at 7 pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro. CHS will help to arrange rides for those who wish to attend this lecture.
• A children’s biography about Solzhenitsyn’s life will be published by CHS in the late spring and early summer.
To celebrate Solzhenitsyn’s birthday and his writing, consider the following resources:
Writing in English Available On-line