World: A Prize and a Dilemma

ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN refused to believe it. Even though his friends told him last week that he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature, Russia's greatest living writer, whose works are banned in the Soviet Union, remained incredulous. The friends, who normally shield his whereabouts carefully from outsiders, finally told a Norwegian correspondent in Moscow how he could reach Solzhenitsyn by telephone. Per Egil Hegge of Oslo's Aftenposten immediately called him to confirm the news. Then Hegge asked the author for a comment.

At first Solzhenitsyn demurred, but the reporter persisted. "The world is...

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