|Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev
|Solitude and Society
|[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1934I
|Yet I am very taken with Berdyaev. He is certainly too glib. His explanations and intuitions come up with a suspicious readiness, and he is always inexhaustible. But I find much less of the pseudomystic, or rather gnostic, in his later works. As time goes on he seems to me to get more and more solid. The Meaning of Creation, one of his earliest books, is one of the most fruitful, the most dangerous and the least reliable all at the same time. But a late one like Solitude and Society is, I think, almost perfect in its kind. As for Pasternak, of course what you say about Zhivago is true: he floats passively through the backwaters of history. But one does not hold it against him.
|The Courage for Truth: Letters of Thomas Merton to Writers.; Selected and edited by Christine M. Bochen. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1993, p. 61
|Link to Merton's Copy
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