Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

1918 - 2008

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Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist. One of the most famous Soviet dissidents, Solzhenitsyn was an outspoken critic of communism and helped to raise global awareness of political repression in the Soviet Union (USSR), in particular the Gulag system. Solzhenitsyn was born into a family that defied the Soviet anti-religious campaign in the 1920s and remained devout members of the Russian Orthodox Church. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has received more than 4,000,772 page views. His biography is available in 110 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 106 in 2019). Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is the 108th most popular writer (up from 112th in 2019), the 35th most popular biography from Russia (up from 36th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Russian Writer.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is most famous for being a Russian writer and historian who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. He was born in 1918 and was imprisoned in 1945 for criticizing Stalin. He was released in 1956 and exiled to the West, where he wrote his most famous work, "The Gulag Archipelago."

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Among writers, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ranks 108 out of 5,794Before him are André Gide, Ivan Turgenev, Miyamoto Musashi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Paulo Coelho, and Paul Verlaine. After him are Václav Havel, George Sand, François Villon, Nicolas Flamel, Vladimir Nabokov, and Samuel Beckett.

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Among people born in 1918, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ranks 6Before him are Nelson Mandela, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Ingmar Bergman, Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Anwar Sadat. After him are Richard Feynman, Robert Wadlow, Kurt Waldheim, Louis Althusser, Leonard Bernstein, and Rita Hayworth. Among people deceased in 2008, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ranks 1After him are Yves Saint Laurent, Irena Sendler, Edmund Hillary, Paul Newman, Bobby Fischer, Arthur C. Clarke, Charlton Heston, Suharto, Albert Hofmann, Samuel P. Huntington, and Chinghiz Aitmatov.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ranks 35 out of 2,688Before him are Modest Mussorgsky (1839), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873), Ivan Turgenev (1818), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844), and Alexander III of Russia (1845). After him are Paul I of Russia (1754), Vladimir Nabokov (1899), Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901), Georgy Zhukov (1896), Yuri Andropov (1914), and Valentina Tereshkova (1937).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ranks 9Before him are Anton Chekhov (1860), Alexander Pushkin (1799), Maxim Gorky (1868), Ayn Rand (1905), Isaac Asimov (1920), and Ivan Turgenev (1818). After him are Vladimir Nabokov (1899), E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), Boris Pasternak (1890), Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861), Mikhail Lermontov (1814), and Mikhail Sholokhov (1905).