Solzhenitsyn's 'Golden Matrix' Speech, Translated

In a little-known 1974 speech, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn decries the materialism of modern society and calls for the establishment of a ‘worthy equilibrium' between humanity's material and spiritual concerns.

Editors' note: In 1974, just a few months after being banished from the Soviet Union, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn delivered an address in Zurich to the Italian Catholic Press Union. In its ambivalence toward modernity and its call for a renewal of spiritual and moral values, it prefigures his much better-known Harvard commencement address of four years later. The Zurich speech, translated by Solzhenitsyn's son Stephan, appears here for the first time in English.

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