AMERICAN NOTES: A Few Unsweet Remarks

An extraordinary figure rose to his feet last week in Washington to discuss Soviet-American affairs from his unique perspective. Alexander Solzhenitsyn was making his first major public address since his exile from the Soviet Union 17 months ago. The occasion was a banquet given in his honor by the AFL-CIO.

Speaking in Russian while a translator simultaneously rendered his remarks into English, Solzhenitsyn projected the same sense of intense moral fervor that has made him one of the world's major authors. Understandably, he bitterly attacked Communism as an enemy of the human spirit. But Solzhenitsyn went on to criticize American foreign...

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