SELECTED LETTERS OF ROMAIN ROLLAND
Edited by FRANCIS DORE and MARIE-LAURE
1990, 139pp., index, ISBN: 0-19-562551-x, Rs 125
This selection of letters of Romain
Rolland, many of which are published here for the first time, was
presented on the occasion of the Festival of France in India. They
recall the privileged dialogue between India and the French writer.
Attentive to the messages of other cultures, Rolland assigned himself
the role of a sort of archway linking together the minds of men and
women, of people and races and particularly between Asia and Europe.
Addressed to a wide range of
correspondents from Leo Tolstoy to Albert Schweitzer, Paul Seippel,
Pastor Louis Ferriere and Barbusse, the theme of "Oppressive Violence
of Human Society" is the unifying thread. The correspondences with
Nehru, Tagore and Gandhi represent a gradual transition, from
intensity to a quite fluid probing into the nature of man, the
creative process and the place of the socially responsible citizen in
the modern world, along with an inner life of reflection. Even in
these few letters, all of the mt.Yor movements and issues of the last
decades of the nineteenth century and the first four decades of the
twentieth century are laid before us.