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Author QuotedBoris Pasternak
Title QuotedDoctor Zhivago
Date (Year/Month/Day)1958/10/13
Imprint[S.l.] : Pantheon. 1958
QuotationFr. Lawrence [Ernesto Cardenal] has already told me a little about the history (behind the poem). It is a magnificent poem, and an admirable example of the current political situation with its Indian themes! I really like that prophetic fusion of the past and the present, giving the poem an eternal character, a very religious and solemn aspect! Today, we all have a great deal to do facing the terrible reality of the volcano. The Russian poet Pasternak, whose more or less autobiographical novel Dr. Zhivago I've just finished reading, has done this in a magnificent and providential way. I also received a letter from Pasternak that really moved me. He is very Christian.
Quotation SourceThe Courage for Truth: Letters of Thomas Merton to Writers.; Selected and edited by Christine M. Bochen. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1993, p. 180
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