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Author QuotedPiotr Rawicz
Title QuotedBlood from the Sky
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/03/24
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1964
QuotationThe frightful novel of Piotr Rawicz. Blood from the Sky is a true descent into hell, so much so that it seems to be a voice of Christ-that is, of the not damned-often innocent-even from hell. The innocence of the work, in all its honor, comes from its realization that all is sin and horror in the absence of mercy. The relentless, seething, objective, existentialist revelation of the betrayal of the Jews by the leaders of the people, by all the wise, all the just, all the capable, all the intelligent, all the holy-picture of the total degradation of everyone and everything, and totally fruitless. Conclusion-the stripping off of the desire for survival and "love of lif" and showing it as horror, nausea, hatred, deathdealing selfishness, headed inexorably toward its own extinction.
Quotation SourceDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 92
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