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Author QuotedBoris Pasternak
Title QuotedSafe Conduct: An Autobiography and other Writings
Date (Year/Month/Day)1958/05/29
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1958
QuotationFinished Pasternak's Safe Conduct and felt as if I must at once begin to read it again. A magnificent book, one of the great ones. The fabulous descriptions of the flower store in Leningrad-the incidents in Marburg and Vienna-trains-the Urals-his devotion to Scriabin and Maiakovsky - Maiakovsky's suicide, his piteous lamentation over him and the cryptic conclusion. I have thought several times of writing to Pasternak. How absurd-as if I could contemplate the writing of such a letter. But perhaps I could send him "Prometheus"-And need to send the "Tower of Babel."
JournalA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 204
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