Friday, May 27, 2005

"Art warms even an icy and depressed heart..."

On this day in 1994 (only 11 years ago...) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years of exile.

If you read nothing else of Solzhenitsyn's then I recommend this, it is the lecture he gave when recieving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970. I remember reading this when I was about 15 and thinking it was just the most amazing piece of prose...I still do.

If you want to dip into his books, I can highly recommend "The Gulag Archipelego", a slightly longer read....but very well worth it.


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