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Diary of Russian writer Solzhenitsyn to be published

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-08-04

The widow of renowned Russian writer and Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who died exactly a year ago, announced in the Russian press on Monday that a diary by the Nobel prize winner would soon be published.

The widow of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian writer and figurehead of Soviet dissidence who died in Moscow exactly a year ago today, has announced that a diary of the Nobel prize-winning author will be published in the coming months.

“I hope to publish in a few months ‘The diary of the novel’”, which the writer kept during his work on the cycle of novels ‘The Red Wheel’, Natalia Solzhenitsyn told the Russian daily ‘Rossiyskaya Gazeta’.

“The publication of the diary will dispel the image of a man who never had any doubts, knew everything in advance”, she added.

She also underlined that her late husband “did not think of the publication of this diary while he was writing it”, adding that “it’s a Solzhenitsyn as he was unto himself.”

On Monday, to mark the first anniversary of Solzhenitsyn’s death, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev both paid tribute to the late author. Putin sent a telegram to Solzhenitsyn’s family in which he hailed “a veritable representative of the Russian intelligentsia, a personality on a global scale”.

A religious service was celebrated at the cemetery of the Donskoy monastery in Moscow, where Solzhenitsyn is buried.

A relentless critic of the Soviet forced labour camp system, the author of ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ and ‘The Gulag Archipelago’ has been hailed as one of the consciences of the 20th century and a combatant of tyranny.

Date created : 2009-08-03