February 9, 2006

"It is like Germany after the war. In two or three generations people really start thinking about what happened in their country."

Russians are absorbed in a 10-part televised series of Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn's "The First Circle."


PatCA said...

Yes, they will start questioning. I hope that what happened in the Axis countries after WWII does not happen in Russia. It is no accident that the a segment of the youth in Germany, Italy and Japan led the radical politics and terror of the 60s. Schura Cook, a psychiatrist, writes about the guilt and displacement that led to such movements. Interesting!

David said...

20 comments on garbage pick up, 2 on one of the greatest authors of the 20th century.

It should be no surprise. It has taken me 6 months to get my 17 year old daughter to read One Day in the Life of Ivan Denesovich, which was the book that started me on The Cancer Ward, GA I and II and the rest of his works.

stealthlawprof said...

David --

It may not be a surprise, but it is still a disappointment. Perhaps history needs to cycle a few more times before Solzhenitsyn begins to get his due. Given the ever-present swirl of world events, it is hard to imagine that people view his work as reflecting a bygone era rather than recognizing it for its keen insight into human nature.