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Author QuotedBrice Parain
Title QuotedMort de Jean Madec
Date (Year/Month/Day)1950/01/12
ImprintParis : Grasset. 1945
QuotationLa Mort de Jean Madec is a magnificent tract against angelism. It is a tract on transcendence and immanence. It says that God is above all and yet in all. I thought the theme of purity of heart was in it. Now I find it is indeed the heart of the book. Madec, le seul homme pur,"¦Madec n'aurait pas eu besoin de la guerre pour être malbeureux. Madec n'avait jamais eu besoin de vouloir qu'il y eût la guerre pour ravoir le silence. (280) C'est en lui seul que tout pouvait renaître. ["Madec, the only pure man,"¦Madec never would have needed a war to make him unhappy. Madec never would have needed a war to make him recover silence. (280) It was in him only that everything could come back to life.]
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 399
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