Ha Jin on Solzhenitsyn
In remembrance of Nobel Prize winning novelist, dramatist, and historian Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn who passed away last Sunday, the Boston Globe blog Off the Shelf has posted a short piece excerpting from Ha Jin’s forthcoming collection of essays about literary exiles, The Writer as Migrant. Solzhenitsyn lived much of his life in exile from his Russian homeland due to his sharp criticism of the government and the publication of his writings about the Soviet Gulag. In the opening essay of his book, Jin explores Solzhenitsyn’s life in exile and the reception of his writings in his Russian homeland and in the Western world to which he was forced to flee.
Navigate to the Off the Shelf blog to read the excerpt.
Ha Jin’s The Writer as Migrant is currently scheduled for publication in November of 2008.