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By Peter Matthiessen

Set within the South American jungle, this mystery follows the conflict among lost gringos--one who has come to transform the Indians to Christianity, and one that has been employed to kill them. Now the root for a tremendous movie.

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C’est en vous voyant, le premier jour de notre rencontre, poser à plat sur votre chandail rouge à hauteur du cœur, une main nue et sans fard, 31 Partie_1 25/08/09 13:07 Page 32 qu’un certain sentiment m’est venu. Depuis, je n’ai jamais cessé d’épier les mains qui ne trahissent pas. Elles annoncent tout le reste : le caractère et le corps. La jeune femme assise en face de moi était, ce soir, en admiration devant le mâle que sa famille venait de lui accorder. Ce n’était rien qu’un garçon propre et fort, avec un visage assez dur, une barbe bleue qui pointait sous la peau.

M. D. L’Escurial, avril 1950 Chère Olivia, Je suis heureux de vous avoir revue au passage, même brièvement, même sans trouver le temps ni le moyen de vous dire deux mots personnels. Mais je vous ai suffisamment parlé dans ma tête depuis quelques années pour n’avoir plus grand-chose à vous raconter quand je retrouve l’exacte intonation de votre voix, votre indécision maniaque, vos lamentations comiques et ce génie très particulier que vous avez de bousculer joyeusement les mots. La parole est un don que j’envie.

Avec ces deux-là on ne triche pas. Alors que tant d’autres écrivains catholiques comme Mauriac, Greene et Green, Claudel m’apparaissent comme des tricheurs qui demandent au catholicisme de les absoudre de leurs erreurs à seule fin de pouvoir s’y livrer de nouveau… Non pratiquant, je me flatte de mener une vie bien plus morale que beaucoup de croyants. Cela ne transparaît pas dans mes livres ? J’ai fait de ces livres un domaine réservé. Ma règle, dans ce domaine réservé où je n’admet aucune leçon de quelque secte que ce soit, est une liberté dont je me réserve de fixer les limites moi-même, loin des censeurs et des pions.

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