• "One of the greatest and most influential writers of the 20th century"

    Washington Post
  • "It is written in anger yet with understanding, in scorn yet with compassion. Its characters are universal and timeless. A great book. Read it for an understanding of the human condition in time of war and defeat"

    James Callaghan, Guardian
  • "There is a magnificence about it; not in the writing…but in the determination to make the reader understand that here was a nation careening into a century more tragic for it than any has been for any nation ever"

    Scotland on Sunday
  • "Solzhenitsyn's life…spanned all the decades of Soviet history, and his moral authority is unique among his generation"

  • "The great dissident's massive historical novel"