My Note: Solzhenitsyn was also a Christian who zealously defended 'truth' for he had been the victim of the brutal socialist regime that hated not only truth but the rights of freedom for each individual created by God. He documented the vile random cruelty of its malicious march to strip goodness, love and truth from every corner.
I AM, HOWEVER, ENCOURAGED BY A keen sense OF WORLD LITERATURE as the one great heart that beats for the cares and misfortunes of our world, even though each corner sees and experiences them in a different way.
In past times, also, besides age-old national literatures there existed a concept of world literature as the link between the summits of national literatures and as the aggregate of reciprocal literary influences. But there was a time lag: readers and writers came to know foreign writers only belatedly, sometimes centuries later, so that mutual influences were delayed and the network of national literary high points was visible not to contemporaries but to later generations.Today, between writers of one country and the readers and writers of another, there is an almost instantaneous reciprocity...
Artist's rendering of a transistor radio, the means by which Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Nobel Lecture was smuggled out of Russia in the form of nine black and white photographic negatives.
Image credit: NobelPrize.org - "How I Helped Alexandr Solzhenitsyn Smuggle His Nobel Lecture from the USSR" by Stig Fredrikson