By Thomas Merton,Ernesto Cardenal,Jessie Sandoval,Robert Hass
The letters during this e-book, written among Merton and Cardenal from 1959-1968, supply us interesting insights into the early religious and political awakenings of eventual Sandinista and exponent of liberation theology Ernesto Cardenal, who was once then a beginner 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 changing into the across the world well known poet-statesman and Nicaraguan Minister of tradition. right here we see the poet and monk Thomas Merton as a smart, sufferer, and infrequently even humbled mentor, throughout the years while he used to be nonetheless shaping and gathering the uncooked fabrics for such writings as: “The method of Chuang Tzu”, “Raids at the Unspeakable”, and “Conjectures of a accountable Bystander”.
Merton and Cardenal’s correspondence can provide readers an viewers to conversations among males deeply attached via their full of life endeavors towards religious freedom, voracious highbrow appetites, and creative exploration regardless of the cultural alterations, language obstacles, and geographic distances which divide them.
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