The New Yorker on Solzhenitsyn & his widow: Awesomeness

13 Jun

The most important political novelistof the 20th century:

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, the most important political novelist of the twentieth century, died on August 3, 2008, at th age of eighty-nine. A couple of weeks after his burial, at the Donskoi Monastery, Moscow, the Russia government ordered that Ulitsa Bolshaya Kommunisticheskaya—Big Communist Street—be renamed in his honor. A sly, even cynical gesture considering Vladimir Putin’s early career. On the same street, a plaque describing th bare outlines of Solzhenitsyn’s achievement was placed next to a McDonald’s.

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