I’m reading “Dr. Zhivago” and “The Solzhenitsyn Files”.
“Dr. Zhivago” is about the journey of Russia from the rule of the Czar to civil war and Soviet Communism, as portrayed around the life of Yuri Zhivago.
The story is brilliantly written by Boris Pasternak.
“The Solzhenitsyn Files” is the actual, declassified KGB file of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who was the most vociferous, most promulgated opponent of Soviet oppression. He served ten years in Soviet prisons. As a survivor, he had to tell the story of the millions of innocent people who perished. And he skillfully used the weapon of the enemy: the press and “naming names”.
The file gives the perspective of Yuri Andropov, who was responsible for handling the “Solzhenitsyn Problem”. The book is a compilation of secret official memos concerning Solzhenitsyn, especially his Nobel Prize nomination. It’s amazing to hear the story from the real men who made the decisions. There is also much said about Pasternak, who’s literary brilliance created similar problems for the KGB.
My walking and thinking usually leads to Angel in-us Coffee, as seen in the photos above.
This week we received our coffee order, two bags of “First Colony’ and “Kirkland”. Both are Colombian arabica. There’s a bit of Providence in acquiring free time, KGB files and good coffee. We are grateful for such extravagances. Very grateful!