Sunday, August 3, 2008

Do Svidaniya

Goodnight to one of the 20th century's most straightforward and affecting writers. Read One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch if you haven't already--it's quietly devastating in a way only the great Russian novelists can be, appealingly simple but spiritually rich, like Tolstoy's later fiction. And its now-late author, in his stubborn Orthodoxy and distrust of the secular West, was always Dostoevsky's greatest heir.


Meredith said...

my brother told me that he died yesterday. so sad. he lived an interesting life.

I started studying Russian a few days ago. I LOVE it.

Tim Rhodes said...

I was also sad to hear about this... I haven't read "One Day..." but I plan on it soon!

Michial said...

I'm not sure how sad we should be--Solzhenitsyn was almost 90 years old, and he died free and, best I can tell, happy. But yeah. It's a shame there won't be another "Ivan Denisovich" in our future.