Gorilla will devote some space on the blog to quotations and random musings about writers.
Mikhail Y. Lermontov (1814-1841) was probably the first Russian writer that kindled Gorilla’s interest in that country, its language and culture.
Russia and Gorilla more or less left each other 20 years ago, but recently the flame is burning again.
One of the great Russian writers and poets, he’s not as well remembered (outside of Russia) as contemporaries like Pushkin, Gogol, and Turgenev.
A very short life, died at 26 in a duel, but managed to publish some of the most lyrical and beautiful poems of any age.
Parus (The Sail) is a particular favorite of Gorilla’s.
And his prose wasn’t bad either:
“Мы выживаем на новизну, настолько меньше требовательны, чем обязательства”.
“We survive on novelty, so much less demanding than commitment”.
Gorilla says: “Same as it ever was!”