Friday, September 26, 2008

This "they"

"I insist that up to now the Russian writings have been suffering from a lack of guilt feelings. This is the most difficult threshold which it is necessary to cross in order to say, 'We are to blame, not they.' It is the easiest thing in the world to say 'they.' Published works in our own country and in the whole world are full of this 'they.' Even fine literature is full of it."

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, "Press Conference on the Future of Russia," Zurich, 16 November 1974.