In The Case of Comrade Tulayev, Victor Serge’s novel of the Great Purge, one character says as he fears he is about to be arrested:
Listen. . . . There are not more than fifty men on earth who understand Einstein: If they were shot on the same night, it would be all over for a century or two— or three, how do we know? A whole vision of the universe would vanish into nothingness. . . . Think of it: Bolshevism raised millions of men above themselves, in Europe, in Asia, for ten years. Now that the Russians have been shot, nobody can any longer see from inside what was the thing by which all those men lived, the thing which constituted their strength and their greatness; they will become indecipherable an...
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