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2008-08-05 06:00:14

By Clifford J. Levy In a museum here is a box of detergent that stands as a symbol of the reverence that Russians once held for Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the literary giant who died Sunday night. Within the box is concealed an illicit copy of Solzhenitsyn's masterpiece about the Soviet labor camps, "The Gulag Archipelago," which was obsessively circulated in Soviet times despite the penalties for those who read it. On Monday, today's Russian leaders voiced their admiration for...

2008-08-04 09:00:04

By DOUGLAS BIRCH By Douglas Birch The Associated Press MOSCOW Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize-winning Russian author whose books chronicled the horrors of dictator Josef Stalin's slave labor camps, has died of heart failure, his son said Monday. He was 89. Stepan Solzhenitsyn said his father died late Sunday near Moscow but declined further comment. Through unflinching accounts of the eight years he spent in the Soviet Gulag, Solzhenitsyn's novels and nonfiction works...

2008-08-03 18:00:13

Once exiled Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose works revealed the harshness of the Soviet penal system, has died, his son said Sunday. He was 89. Russian media reported the writer's son Stepan said Solzhenitsyn, who had been ill for years, died at his Moscow-area home of either a stroke or heart failure, the BBC said. Solzhenitsyn, who wrote One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, was awarded a Nobel Prize for literature in 1970. He was exiled in 1974 and didn't return until...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.