The Russians Are Coming!

I’ve just added the book that is credited by some for initiating the fall of the Soviet Union – Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.  A simple tale of the routine horrors of life in Stalin’s prison camps, the novel also challenges the reader to consider the necessity of faith in God to survive in the context of suffering.  This was a lesson learned by the protagonist only at the end of the story, but it was also one learned by the author, who, like his working-class Everyman, suffered unjustly in Stalin’s totalitarian state.