LEAVES FROM A RUSSIAN DIARY by Pitirim A. Sorokim

LEAVES FROM A RUSSIAN DIARY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Interesting timing, this, for the reissue of a book published back in 1924- by Professor Serokia, who has- in a quarter century residence here, published several books attesting his liberal philosophy, his views on Czarist Russia. The reader-reviewing his recorded impressions of the nightmare of Revolution, finds in them much of prophetic vision, of apprehension that the long-awaited Revolution was not following the hoped-for pattern, but was getting out of bounds. His immediate response resulted ultimately in imprisonment, in exile, in escape across boundless forests, in re-imprisonment, in eventual banishment -- and, during the interludes, in participation, though critically, with the government, at one time of Kerensky, at another of the Communists. His pen portraits of Lenin (most unflattering), of Trotsky, and so on are interesting to read today. In a final and new section, written 30 years after the event, he analyzes the successes and the failures, and sees the causes for destructive success and creative failure in a world picture. He views the Russian Revolution as another facet of the giant effort to overthrow and destroy Western culture and society -- and in it, as in two World Wars, lie no seeds of a constructive basis for the future...For the philosophical historian, rather than the mass public.

Pub Date: Feb. 22nd, 1950
Publisher: Beacon Press