Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn dead at 89

RENOWNED Russian stand-up comedian and part-time author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn passed away on August 3. Author of several books exploring the light-hearted side of Russian life at the beginning of the last century, he was best known in that country for his marathon stint as President of the Stalin appreciation Society from 1945 until his unofficial exile in the 70's. Solzhenitsyn worked as a General's scarf until 1965 when a friend smuggled a Lenny Bruce DVD to him in a goat. He was so profoundly affected by Bruce's laconic style of humour that he quit his job (after a six year proce...