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Author QuotedBoris Pasternak
Title QuotedSafe Conduct: An Autobiography and other Writings
Date (Year/Month/Day)1960/05/31
Imprint[S.l.] : New Directions. 1958
QuotationI just learned of the death of poor old Pasternak... I cannot help thinking that within a few years Russia is going to regard him as one of her very great writers, and Zhivago will be widely read there. I do not, as he did, repudiate his earlier work. To my mind Safe Conduct is still very remarkable and there are some passages in it which are superb. I must reread his earlier stories too. I hope Pasternak wil be a vital link between Russia's past and her future.
Quotation SourceThomas Merton and James Laughlin: Selected Letters.; Edited by David D. Cooper. / New York: W.W. Norton. 1997, p. 155
Letter toJames Laughlin
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