Literary giant, Soviet dissident and Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn passed away at 89, in Moscow. His ground-breaking works including A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch and The Gulag Archipelago duly pissed off the powers that be in the former Soviet Union, who responded with various forms of ostracism, including attempts to ban his work and eventual exile.
Solzhenitsyn outlived the U.S.S.R. by around 17 years; in later life, he was a fan of
national greatness Republicans Vladimir Putin and the resurgent Russia.
His death now reminds us that he was actually still around... when our own government, albeit on a smaller scale and only with respect to swarthy Muslim people, decides to engage in behavior reminiscent of the Soviets (in quality, anyway, if not yet in scale)... well, a cautionary tale is presented.
R.I.P. Comrade Solzhenitsyn.
"Better Dead than Read" is what I always said. Nice to see I got my wish.
Posted by Chuckles at August 5, 2008 4:28 PM