The great man died today. His autobiographical Nobel Lecture is here, and his famous “Harvard Address” from 1978 is here. There is also a recent interview (“I am not afraid of death”, he says) with Der Spiegel, as well as Dan Mahoney’s 2004 article from the pages of First Things. I wish I had more to say, but I simply don’t.
God rest his soul.
[UPDATE: Demophilus offers some appropriate words, and quotes a passage from the Gulag Archipelago that I, too, remember encountering for the first time:
Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. Even within hearts overwhlemed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained; and even in the best of all hearts, there remains a small corner of evil.
He also links to ISI’s Solzhenitsyn reader.]
[ANOTHER UPDATE: Alan Jacobs posts a poem.]