The Union of Moscow Architects has unveiled an exhibit of the various projects competing to be awarded the right to build a major monument to Solzhenitsyn in Moscow. The winner will be announced on 7th December.
As reported by Digital Journal, The Solzhenitsyn Foundation and the Memorial organization have partnered in backing the creation of a new monument by sculptor Georgy Frangulyan, which was unveiled as a part of a memorial for Soviet-era victims of political repression in Central Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at the memorial's dedication and quoted Natalya Solzhenitsyn in his remarks.
The October 30th edition of the National Review featured an article, "The Russian Revolution, 100 Years On: Its Enduring Allure and Menace" accompanied by sidebars highlighting notable Russian authors. In one, Anne Applebaum, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Gulag: A History, speaks to the influence of Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago on the West.
A new book on Solzhenitsyn is out this month, Solzhenitsyn: The Historical-Spiritual Destinies of Russia and the West. According to Solzhenitsyn scholar Dan Mahoney, “Lee Congdon has succeeded in encapsulating Solzhenitsyn’s intellectual engagement with the twentieth century through an integration of Solzhenitsyn’s corpus into its historical, political, philosophical, and religious context. This is a masterful accomplishment and a major contribution to the field of Solzhenitsyn studies.”
Located in Rostov-on-Don, the Southern Federal University (SFU) has announced plans to create a virtual museum about the author in hopes of inspiring current students. The author graduated from Rostov University and went on to teach at a school in Morozovka for a short time before he began his service in WWII. There will also be a monument in his honor.
As covered by the Russkiy Mir Foundation, a cultural center named in honor of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn opened recently in Paris. Solzhenitsyn scholar George Nivat is a member of the center's steering committee. The first exhibit, "The Gulag Archipelago, History of Literary Breakthrough", highlights historical photos and artifacts from the novel's development, which Solzhenitsyn wrote while in hiding in Estonia in 1967.
A monument dedicated to Solzhenitsyn's will be raised on Ulitsa Solzhenitsyna, the Moscow street named in the author's honor. It was also announced that a potential museum dedicated to Solzhenitsyn is also in development; a location on Tverskaya ulitsa, a major throughfare in Moscow on which the author lived with his wife and young boys, has been considered.
The Russian A. I. Solzhenitsyn Museum and Informational Cultural Center opened on May 31 in Kislovodsk.
Solzhenitsyn’s birthplace, Kislovodsk, is a spa town on the north slope of the Caucasus Mountains, and near the steppes (prairies) of southern Russia. Solzhenitsyn’s grandparents farmed in this region. Although the home where he was born and the church where he was baptized were both destroyed, the home that once belonged to his aunt, Maria Gorina, and where he lived as a toddler, remains. The State Literature Museum restored the home so that it could serve as the site of the new museum.
Last week Ignat Solzhenitsyn, son of the author, presented a lecture in Brattleboro, Vermont on "Writing the Red Wheel in Vermont", about the unique approach used by Solzhenitsyn in tackling this enormously complex literary project. The lecture was part of the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays series.
In 1956, having been freed from exile in Kazakhstan, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn took a teaching position at a school in the village of Mezinovka. He rented a room from Matryona Vasilyevna, who would go on to be the inspiration for his novella Matryona's Home, which he wrote that year.
A memorial to the writer and a reconstruction of Matryona's home were unveiled last week in Mezinovka.