New PDF release: From the Monastery to the World: The Letters of Thomas

By Thomas Merton,Ernesto Cardenal,Jessie Sandoval,Robert Hass

Thomas Merton and Ernesto Cardenal have been either poets and clergymen, absolutely devoted to a lifetime of non secular contemplation which was once by no means faraway from the gritty paintings that make them hazard lifestyles and popularity for you to bring up around the globe cognizance touching on problems with social justice and the abuse of human rights. From the Monastery to the World collects the full correspondence among those religious males and devoted activists, translated into English for the 1st time.

The letters during this publication, written among Merton and Cardenal from 1959-1968, provide us attention-grabbing insights into the early non secular and political awakenings of eventual Sandinista and exponent of liberation theology Ernesto Cardenal, who was once then a amateur leaving the Trappist Monastery in Kentucky the place he first met Merton. whereas making the lengthy journey domestic to Nicaragua to construct a utopian artist’s commune at the Island of Solentiname, Cardenal rubs elbows with a few of Latin America’s maximum writers and artists of that point.

In From the Monastery to the World, Cardenal remains to be a hungry student, years clear of turning into the across the world popular poet-statesman and Nicaraguan Minister of tradition. right here we see the poet and monk Thomas Merton as a smart, sufferer, and occasionally even humbled mentor, in the course of the years while he was once nonetheless shaping and amassing the uncooked fabrics for such writings as: “The means of Chuang Tzu”, “Raids at the Unspeakable”, and “Conjectures of a responsible Bystander”.

Merton and Cardenal’s correspondence provides readers an viewers to conversations among males deeply hooked up through their energetic endeavors towards non secular freedom, voracious highbrow appetites, and creative exploration regardless of the cultural adjustments, language obstacles, and geographic distances which divide them.

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