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Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn died yesterday.
I have such vivid memories of his remarkable accounts of suffering in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The Gulag Archipelago. The Gulag has been noted as one of the most telling indictments of any government and he has been characterized as the most dominant writer of the 20th century.

Maybe the most memorable of his criticisms was aimed at the materialism he witnessed during his years in America. He called us spiritually weak and noted that we were mired in vulgar materialism.  How right is that?  What a great discussion for our comments section.  Is America spiritually weak and in what ways is our materialism vulgar?

Read Father Raymond J. De Souza’s article on Solzhenitsyn on Full Comment, and the NY Times Obituary.


August 4, 2008 - Posted by | Culture - Values, Politics, Politics and Religion | , , ,


  1. Tsarstva Yemoo Nyebecnee!

    Comment by Leonard | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. Leonard…that is really irritating.

    Comment by kbagdanov | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  3. Kelly,
    Leonard wrote Tsarstva Yemoo Nyebecnee!
    This is a Russian “blessing” similar to “Rest in Peace” but it means “to him the Kingdom of Heaven”

    Comment by Steve | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  4. yeah – what he said! 🙂

    Comment by Leonard | August 11, 2008 | Reply

  5. I was hoping for an interpretation. So I didn’t realize that Leonard speaks in tongues and that Steve can interpret tongues….

    Comment by Ellen | August 11, 2008 | Reply

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