Monday, August 4, 2008

Spirits of Freedom

Alexander Solzhenitsyn has died at the age of 89. I remember reading, “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich,” in college many years ago for a Russian Literature course I took. Like Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn knew hard labor and imprisonment in a state system that attempted to knead away all that was human in people; in a grand scheme to create a perfected society modeled by socialism.

Happy belated birthday to Milton Friedman; His birthday was on Friday, July 31st. Friedman passed away in 2006. He would have been 96.

1 comment:

Erica said...

Solzhenitsyn was one of the only Russian writers I actually enjoyed. (I'm not one for lengthy, run-on sentences and unnecessary prose, so the Russian style is not my favorite - despite being of Russian descent!)

He was a great talent and will be missed!