“Shukhov stared at the ceiling and said nothing.  He no longer knew whether he wanted to be free or not.  To begin with, he'd wanted it very much, and counted up every evening how many days he still had to serve.  Then he'd got fed up with it.  And still later it had gradually dawned on him that people like himself were not allowed to go home but were packed off into exile.  And there was no knowing where the living was easier—here or there.”


From the book “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich,” November 1962. English translation linked in URL.

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