December 11, 1918: Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn spent eight years in a Soviet prison camp, a period that he drew on for his celebrated novels including One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The Gulag Archipelago. He was born 95 years ago today.

The belly is an ungrateful wretch, it never remembers past favors, it always wants more tomorrow. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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