“Harvard’s motto is ‘VERITAS’…” the Nobel Prize-winning Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said 40 years ago in his “A World Split Apart” commencement address. “[T]ruth eludes us as soon as our concentration begins to flag, all the while leaving the illusion that we are continuing to pursue it.”
Solzhenitsyn would have turned 100 this month. His celebrated works One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962) and The Gulag Archipelago (1973) demolished the Soviet Union’s utopian folklore and made him the world’s greatest literary figure during the Cold War era. Read more in the Springfield Republican.