Sunday, August 03, 2008

RIP Alexander Solzhenitsyn

"It is we who shall die — art shall remain. And shall we comprehend, even on the day of our destruction, all its facets and all its possibilities?"

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1970 Nobel Prize lecture.

Today Alexander Solzhenitsyn died at 89. While one could criticize his lack of understanding the connection between Leftism and the gulag, about which he wrote so knowingly and passionately, one certainly cannot criticize his literary brilliance nor his unwavering courage. The loss of a great artist is always a great loss for the world.
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