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Solzhenitsyn Cultural Center opens in Paris

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Solzhenitsyn Cultural Center opens in Paris



Cultural Center named after a legendary writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was opened in Paris at the premises of the oldest book shop Les Éditeurs Réunis, Russian Witness reports.

Association of YMCA Press Publishing House Friends under leadership of Daniil Struve initiated the center. The Publishing House director Nikita Struve, father of Daniil, was their thought leader. The center was headed by the honored committee, which included George Niva who translated Solzhenitsyn texts into French.

The first activity of the center was exhibition titled The Gulag Archipelago, History of Literary Breakthrough.

The exhibition items included historical photographs of imprisoned Nobel Prize winner-to-be, empty candy boxes where The Gulag Archipelago handwriting was secretly delivered from Russia to France, microfilms, suitcase with books published by YMCA-press and many other rarities of that period provided by private collectors and by Les Éditeurs Réunis bookshop. Letters by Nikita Struve and Alexander Solzhenitsyn can be seen at the exhibition too. They discussed publishing of the novel called Lyenya in the correspondence.

Meetings and conferences devoted to 100th anniversary of the Great October Revolution will be held in the Center. Moscow Marina Tsvetayeva museum and Solzhenitsyn Centers opened in Kislovodsk and Ryazan expressed readiness to cooperate with Solzhenitsyn Center in Paris.

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