Literary Giant

03solzhenitsyn_6001.jpgThe announcement of the death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn took me back to my college days, when reading his books seemed to be part of a student’s introduction to the wider world.  A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich still shows up on school reading lists, but I wonder how his longer novels such as The First Circle and Cancer Ward would work in book groups.  Though Solzhenitsyn got crankier in his later years, it’s hard to think of any other twentieth-century writer who had such a profound influence. 

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Nick DiMartino is a university bookseller in Seattle, WA. He was a Booklist contributor from 2007 to 2009 and is the author of Seattle Ghost Story (1998) as well as numerous plays.

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