Quick Study: Natalia Solzhenitsyn, the widow of writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, is president of the Solzhenitsyn Foundation and editor of a 30-volume edition of her husband’s collected works.
The Natalia Solzhenitsyn File: Natalia Solzhenitsyn heads up the Solzhenitsyn Foundation, an organization established in 1974, initially to provide financial assistance to people who were persecuted in the Soviet Union; assisting victims of political repression remains a part of the Foundation’s activity. Natalia Solzhenitsyn’s literary work includes editing her late husband’s collected works and serving on the jury of the Solzhenitsyn Prize, awarded annually to recognize writers living in Russia and writing in Russian.
Psssst………: Natalia Solzhenitsyn told the newspaper Novye izvestiia in 2008 that she read One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich the day after it came out in the journal Novyi mir in November 1962, immediately reading it twice: once in the evening then again that night… The Solzhenitsyn Foundation was established using world royalties from sales of The Gulag Archipelago.
Natalia Solzhenitsyn’s Places: Moscow: Born in Moscow, studied mathematics at Moscow State University. Cavendish, Vermont: residence during exile.
The Word on Natalia Solzhenitsyn: In a 2009 article profiling Natalia Solzhenitsyn just before the first anniversary of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s death, Pavel Basinsky wrote in Russian Newspaper, “In his first televised interview shown in Russia, [Alexander] Solzhenitsyn said with a smile, ‘I wouldn’t have done anything without her!’ It was the sort of joyful declaration that says a lot.”
On Writing: Natalia Solzhenitsyn abridged The Gulag Archipelago by about two-thirds for Russian schools. She is quoted in the newspaper Komsomol’skaya pravda saying her husband began the shortening but, “He couldn’t do it himself. He felt sorry about every word. That’s why he left the job to me.”
Natalia Solzhenitsyn on Literature: In an interview with the newspaper First of September, Natalia Solzhenitsyn was asked what writers Alexander Solzhenitsyn enjoyed reading and answered, “He rated the prose of Zamyatin and Tsvetaeva very highly and considered them fabulous masters.”