Speak to us about the siege of Leningrad and why it's so important to you? please thankyou?
nine hundred days of starvation, hypothermia, mortars, snipers, cannibalism, torture, arrests, and despair so deep that it seemed like nobody was ever going to make it out the other side. all one big microchasm for what had been happening to russia for the last twenty five years. millions dead, millions tortured and imprisoned, millions suffering under the weight of one of the blackest regimes ever to blight the face of the earth.
but it couldn’t fucking get the job done, could it?
nine hundred days of the worst conditions of the worst period of human history, and it couldn’t fucking do it. akhmatova wrote her poems. shostakovich put on his concert. ivan bilbin’s illustrations are on my bookshelf. spring came, the survivors got about the business of surviving, the dead were remembered, and there’s still kids ice-skating on the neva.
no dark thing lasts, friendo. it just doesn’t have the guts.