Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 1918-2008

It was his steadfast belief in good and evil, and his conviction that he was destined to play a part in the struggle between them, that made Solzhenitsyn‘s one of the emblematic lives of the 20th century. With his passing, we have lost one of our last links to the era of Soviet tyranny and the struggle to defeat it. Solzhenitsyn did not play the same kind of political role in that struggle as some of the other giants of the 20th century with whom his name should be remembered (…). But as a writer and witness, his contribution was no less crucial. (NY Sun)

A reminder that the pen is often mightier than the sword.