Re: 100 Years Ago a Writer Was Born
Thanks Litwitlou, this Solzhenitsyn anniversary had passed me by unawares.
Reading his great book The Gulag Archipelago
was a major influence in shifting me away from my youthful communist sympathies. I then proceeded to read A Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, For the Good of the Cause, Cancer Ward, First Circle, Lenin in Zurich
and August 1914
. These are all wonderful classics of modern literature that I highly recommend, especially to understand the risks of a renewal of totalitarian thinking today, and how to build the social capital of civil society as a primary inoculation against these dangers. I also have his memoir, The Oak and the Calf, which maybe I should read too.
Remarkable to read in the NYT piece
that Putin has made Solzhenitsyn a hero in Russia.