Title: Invisible Allies
Publisher: Basic Books, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Near Fine/FINE unread copy protected by Brodart Archival cover. Slight wrikle to outside edge of pages 87-100. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000715
Synopsis: Finally at liberty to recount the fates of the people who helped him hide his writings and smuggle them to the West, Solzhenitsyn has written an intimate memoir celebrating their triumph of spirit despite intimidation and oppression. These imperiled co-conspirators, often unknown to one another, shared a devotion to the dissident writer's work and a hatred of the regime that brought terror to every part of their lives.
About the Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in 1918 and grew up in Rostov-on-Don. He graduated in physics and mathematics from Rostov University and studied literature by correspondence course at Moscow University. In World War II he fought as an artillery officer, attaining the rank of captain. In 1945, however, after making derogatory remarks about Stalin in a letter, he was arrested and summarily sentenced to eight years in forced labour camps, followed by internal exile. In 1957 he formally rehabilitated, and settled down to teaching and writing, in Ryazan and Moscow. The publication of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in Novy Mir in 1962 was followed by publication, in the West, of his novels Cancer Ward and The First Circle. In 1970 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 1974 his citizenship was revoked and he was expelled from the Soviet Union. He settled in Vermont and worked on his great historical cycle The Red Wheel. In 1990, with the fall of Soviet Communism, his citizenship was restored and four years later he returned to settle in Russia. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died in August 2008.
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