His passing cannot but bring on disorientation, caused by an almost physical sensation of loss. It is as if you look out the window and no longer see a mountain which had previously dominated your landscape.
Even so, his death was not a sensation. And it is not merely a question of his age. The fact is that, over the last few years, Solzhenitsyn turned into something of a monument. It is not insignificant that, in recent conversations about him – a living person, you would hear people involuntarily use the past tense.
He lived a long and, despite everything, a happy life. He constructed his life – one he understood early on to be that of a fighter and prophet – in the manner of the Lives of the Saints. And, despite the, shall we say, controversial nature of many of his works and revelations, he succeeded.
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