Aesthetics of Longing – Solzhenitsyn on Freedom & Home

solz9Anyone who felt nostalgic for a long time knows that the feeling can be compared to imprisonment. Not that I am saying that this is some positive or romantic feeling. I think that it cripples a person’s soul and the ability to live a normal life. It is, as I later realised, a lack of spirituality and faith in God. That is why Solzhenitsyn was often ‘grateful’ for his imprisonment by the Soviets as it helped him awaken his spirituality.

Aesthetics of Longing – Solzhenitsyn on “his task on earth”

solz6This is a photo of the 14th Century Decani Monastery in Kosovo $ Metohija, Serbia. It is one of my favourite places on this planet. It is, if we use a cliche, a piece of heaven on earth. Decani Monastery is protected by Italian peacekeepers because it is under constant threat from the Albanian majority in this region of Metohija.

Aesthetics of Longing – Solzhenitsyn on the Meaning of Earthly Existence

solz2Decani Monastery (14th Century) vespers. As a theatre director, I realised that all stage performances were fake and meaningless when compared to the Liturgy, which allows us to become a part of eternity and find meaning in this earthly existence.

Aesthetics of Longing – “One is always at home in one’s past…”

nabokovSerbian countryside and mountains are full of these old and beautiful houses and vernacular architecture. The doors and windows often look like eyes and give these houses a unique personality. Many of them have been forgotten by their owners or they no longer have any. Nature is slowly repossessing them.