The oak and the calf: sketches of literary life in the Soviet Union

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Harper & Row, 1980 - Biography & Autobiography - 568 pages
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Solzhenitsyn's narrative of his tenyear battle to outwit Russian officials and have his works published in his own country recounts his struggles from the moment of his release from Gulag through the early seventies

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About the author (1980)

Aleksandr was born in the south of Russia. He fought in World War II and was a twice-decorated Captain in an artillery company when, in 1945, at the age of 26, he was sentenced to eight years of forced labor. Won the Nobel Prize in 1970..