posted on 06/24/2009 7:12:54 AM PDT
Solzhenitsyn had one of the greatest lives of the past century. He was a Russian soldier fighting the Germans, was a prisoner of Stalin in the camps for eight years, was a cancer patient with little chance to live, lived in internal and external exile, and won a Nobel prize in Lit.
CANCER WARD is my favorite novel. His ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH was the first opening of truth in the Soviet system.
His warning to us is well encapsulated in these words “The problem is the West is the spiritual impotence that comes from a life of ease.”
posted on 06/24/2009 7:26:23 AM PDT
( ...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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