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Author QuotedJacques Maritain
Title Quotedpaysan de la Garonne : un vieux laïc s'interroge a  propos du temps présent
Date (Year/Month/Day)1966/11/18
ImprintParis : Desclée de Brouwer. 1966
QuotationJacques Maritain was here in October and we had a fine visit. He is very much a hermit now, and his latest book has added a hermit voice to the contemporary harmony (or disharmony). Le Paysan de la Garonne is I think very fine. I think you would like it. I have heard from your friend Dom Gregory in Tanzania and will write to him soon. Also we had a true Sufi master from Algeria here. A most remarkable person. It was like meeting a Desert Father or someone out of the Bible. He invited me to come and talk to his disciples in Algeria but I told him this would be quite impossible. Yet I would love to talk to them in fact, and also to see some monasteries in Africa. But I suppose that will never be allowed. No matter. The woods are all I need.
Quotation SourceSurvival or Prophecy? The Letters of Thomas Merton and Jean Leclercq.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2002, p. 144
Letter toDom Jean Leclercq, o.s.b.
Link to Merton's Copy 52129 

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