EXILES: The Unexpected Perils of Freedom

As Alexander Solzhenitsyn prepared to make the best of his enforced exile from Russia last week, he encountered an unexpected peril in his newfound freedom. It was the inescapable presence of Western journalists, news photographers and TV cameramen, who threatened to engulf the writer at every step. Long accustomed to a cloistered existence in a hostile environment, he was at first bewildered and then angered by the sudden glare of world publicity. Although he insisted that he would give no interviews, newsmen dogged him from Germany to Switzerland, hoping for some exclusive...

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