September 01, 2008

One Century in the Life of Aleksandr Isayevich



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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