A dulcet and sibilant summary of the source of felicity. Wishing you thrice times blessings of slumber, sunshine and sweets. I wonder if the three things also begin with ‘S’ in the original Russian.
One of the strengths of Grossman’s massive, powerful masterpiece is its capacity to zoom in on tiny joys and details of life, even while chronicling the grinding of human lives between vast and shifting tectonic plates of historical tumult.
‘He once said to Yevgenia that, apart from Russian poetry, there were three things in the world that he loved, all of them beginning with the letters ‘s’ – sugar, sun and sleep.’
Source: Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman; trans. Robert Chandler (New York: New York Review Books, 2006 (1985)), p. 132-33
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