Saturday, November 30, 2013


A Very Useful Book

Vladimir Ivanow, letter to Stella Corbin (February 22, 1966), in Correspondance Corbin-Ivanow: Lettres échangées entre Henry Corbin et Vladimir Ivanow de 1947 à 1966 (Louvain: Diffusion Peeters, 1999 = Travaux et mémoires de l'Institut d'Études Iraniennes, 4), pp. 189-191 (at 191; spelling as in original):
I have found a very useful book. You may be surprised — Larousse 1965! When I have insomia, I switch on light and read it. The caleidoscope of names and faces has a powerful distracting effect, so that all sorts of black thoughts become expelled and some kind of peace of mind descends. And then I sleep till morning. A really useful book! What a pity that neither in Russian nor in English there is something like this!
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

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