Out of focus

Solzhenitsyn – retaining the last vestiges of Marxist atheist ideology in his mind – exchanges thoughts and opinions with a fellow (Jewish) prisoner.

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“Right then it dawned on me that I had not spoken out of conviction but because the idea had been implanted in me from outside. And because of this I was unable to reply to him, and I merely asked him: ‘Do you believe in God?’

‘Of course’, he answered tranquilly.”

Extract taken from abridged version of, The Gulag Archipelago: ‘From Island to Island’.

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