Theater: The Invisible Nation

All countries cherish the good opinion of mankind. Russia is no exception. That is why the recent award of the Nobel Prize to Alexander Solzhenitsyn is as great a public embarrassment as Soviet leaders have felt since the awarding of the prize to Boris Pasternak in 1958. More tellingly than Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn bears witness to human degradation in the Soviet Union of the Stalin era. The world premiere of A Play by Alexander Solzhenitsyn at Minneapolis' Tyrone Guthrie Theater reveals the novelist to be a dramatist of feral power.

The play is set in a Stalinist "correctional" prison camp in 1945. It...

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