Tag: Alexander Solzhenitsyn on living in the West

Quote of the Day: Alexander Solzhenitsyn on Living in the West


From a newly-translated memoir, excerpted in the Wall Street Journal, from his new home in Vermont:

 But the Lord also sustained me in another way, in the fact that, even though living in the West, I did not have to rush from pillar to post to survive, which would have been exhausting and degrading in an alien milieu: I didn’t need to look for money to live on. And so I never took an interest in whether my books would be to the taste of a Western readership, whether they’d “sell.” In the USSR, I’d been accustomed to earning almost nothing but spending almost nothing as well. Alas, in the West, that wasn’t possible, especially with a family.