Monday, August 4, 2008

Line Through the Heart

"It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts."
-- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago

R.I.P.

New York Times obituary

2 comments:

Deanna said...

I had to read the whole article. Thanks for posting its link; I hadn't heard yet of his passing. I own two of his longer works, but so far have only completed A Day In the Life. I'm working up to the others, I guess, by being almost finished with The Brothers Karamazov. Russian authors - they're something else indeed.

I hope the convention gives you a remarkable, fun time. (If you get carsick easily, though, don't ride the "shuttle" at the Star Trek adventure in the MGM Grand. I turned very green afterward, just like an alien lady! :o))

fresca said...

About the closest I can get to finishing anything Russian is watching all of Woody Allen's "Love and Death," so you have my admiration for nearing the end of the Brothers K!

I did, however, finish A Day in the Life when I was in high school and the memory of a frozen misery stays with me still. Being a writer--there's good work for a lifetime.

(Thanks for the heads-up: in fact, I get seasick in hammocks and canoes, so I am going to give the ST rides a wide, wide berth.)