Monday, August 4, 2008

Gulag Dust: В Дани

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Blow the dust off the clock. Your watches are behind the times. Throw open the heavy curtains which are so dear to you -- you do not even suspect that the day has already dawned outside.

- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Born: December 11, 1918
1945: sentenced to eight years for anti-Soviet activities
1962: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich published in Russia
1970: Awarded Nobel Prize for Literature
1974: First volume of The Gulag Archipelago published
February 13, 1974: Exiled from his native Russia
1994: Returns to Russia
August 3, 2008: dies in Moscow

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francessa said...

A great man! I read a very interesting interview some time ago in the English edition of the German magazine "Spiegel" - headed "I Am Not Afraid of Death". here's the link

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

I have to admit to not knowing the man's work - but what a great quote, is this from the "one day in the life" book? Might look it up on Amazon

raccoonlover1963/Lisa Myers said...

Great post. I love the first picture.

Lydia said...

I'm impressed and very happy that you remembered that interview and provided the link. That is a lengthy article, but excellent from beginning to end. One comment stood out for me...
Solzhenitsyn: "I have grown used to the fact that, throughout the world, public repentance is the most unacceptable option for the modern politician."

The quote site I researched last evening didn't provide the source material, so I am unsure about that. His famous speeches are also available online and I scanned a few of those, so his quotes undoubtedly come from books, speeches, interviews, etc. It was difficult deciding which of the dazzling quotes to select for this post.

Thanks much! Yes, I liked it too. A site I use to post odds&ends photos such as these is and if you click on the photos you'll be directed there.

francessa said...

Yes, Lydia, that quote intrigued me as well! Ant it's so true!



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