The more time Lyuzhin spent in exile, the more hours

he read foreign newspapers for news of the world, internalizing

strands of anti-Tsarist grievance.  He valued rhetorical effect over consistency

of argument.  His lines of poetry might be labored and

archaic, but from time to time, he could turn a

memorable sentence.  Describing his impervious defiance in the name of

the New Dogma, he wrote: “The swimmer in the sea

does not fear rain.”  When he was not elegant, he

was at least clear: “The freedom that you call for

is for the capitalists only.  The proletariat suffers under oppression.”


Paraphrases from The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century by Steve Coll.