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Author QuotedVasilii Rozanov
Title QuotedFace sombre du Christ
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/04/17
ImprintParis : Gallimard. 1964
QuotationReading [Vasilii] Rozanov-a new selection has come out in French. He is an important and dire voice, shocking and deeply convincing, completely opposed to the current optimisms and "humanisms," and one cannot help listening seriously to his warnings about structures which are without reservation. True, when he condemns the cosmic Joy of Dostoievsky's Zossima one need not entirely agree-and yet there is [a] point in what he says. Curious how convincing he is, how he compels assent-at least my assent-even though what he says is outrageous and exactly contrary to all the plans of Christians who have decided to convince the world that we are "nice people."
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. 97
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