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Solzhenitsyn's legacy discussed at UNESCO round table

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Solzhenitsyn's legacy discussed at UNESCO round table


Elena Yakunina

UNESCO hosted a gala round table dedicated to the 100th birth anniversary of the greatest Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, according to the French internet newspaper Russian Witness. The organizers are Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications and permanent representatives of the Russian Federation to UNESCO.

French literary researcher Geores Nivat hosted the round table. The historian has been researching literary works of Solzhenitsyn and translated them into the French language.

Widow of the writer Natalia Solzhenitsyna was an honored guest of the event. She said that writing was a way of living for her husband and his mission rather than a job. The widow regretted that the main possession of the writer – his notes which he took away from the frontline, got lost in the Lubyanka cellars during interrogations. Natalia Solzhenitsyna recollected that during his exile to Kazakhstan, the writer received many letters marked as “Come, We will Talk”, so he found himself obliged to put down Gulag Archipelago.

Russian writer Alexey Varlamov pointed out that many Soviet authors wrote as if they did not have a native country. Solzhenitsyn was ready for any confrontation with the Soviet regime. In his turn, ex-French Ambassador to Russia Pierre Morel is sure that Solzhenitsyn was loyal to his Motherland.

An extensive festival of events is expecting all devotees of Solzhenitsyn’s talent at his anniversary year. Theatre stagings after his books Matryona’s Place, Apricot Jam and The Red Wheel will be shown to public. Apartment museums will be opened in Ryazan and Moscow. Nadezhda Solzhenitsyna says that is her primary task is publishing all works by her husband as Alexander Solzhenitsyn was dreaming of publishing his 30-volume collection, only 20 of which have been published so far.

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