03 August 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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At 03 August, 2008 19:55, Blogger LM Rivera said...

"Shukhov sprang down nimbly, holding the cigarette he'd just rolled and had been wanting so long, thrust his feet into his boots and was ready to go — but he took pity on Tsezar. Not that he wanted to earn a bit more from Tsezar, he just pitied the man with all his heart: Tsezar might think a lot of himself, but he didn't know the first thing about the facts of life. When you got a parcel, you didn't sit gloating over it, you rushed it off to the storeroom before roll call. Eating could wait. But what could Tsezar do with his parcel now? If he turned out for roll call carrying that great big bag, what a laugh that would be — five hundred men would be roaring with laughter. If he left the stuff where it was, it would very likely be pinched by the first man back from roll call. (In Ust-Izhma the system was even tougher: the crooks would always be home from work first, and by the time the others got in, their nightstands would be cleaned out.)"

-One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

 
At 03 August, 2008 20:30, Blogger bird feet said...

This is incredibly sad. I'm sure he didn't even expect to make it this far. Thanks for the heads up... I missed this in the news.

 

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