Sunday, August 3, 2008

The passing of an inspired writer

Today marks the death of Alexander Solzhenitzyn.  A great writer who worked to expose the injustices put forth by the Soviet Empire.  Specifically those of Stalin.  A man who was kicked out of his own country for 18 years for speaking the truth.  A man who wrote and memorized his writings in case they were destroyed before publication.  A man who went home 18 years ago only to have to get reacquainted with his home country.  A man who spoke out against corrupt political leaders, and who never forgot his ethics.  A man who remained faithful to his religion through the entire Soviet regime.  A Nobel prize winner before his 60th birthday; an unusual honor.  A great intellectual, and a fierce defender of his country's history and culture even while he could not live there.  A man I look forward to meeting.  Thank You, Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn for your contribution to the world.

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