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Carmen Bernos de Gasztold (1919 in Arcachon – 1995[1]) was a French poet and nun.

Carmen Bernos de Gasztold
Born1919 (1919)
Died1995 (aged 75–76)

She spent her childhood in the province of Bordeaux, France. She had 5 sisters and brothers. After World War II she went to live at the Benedictine Abbaye Saint Louis du Temple at Limon-par-Igny.[2]

Her family were of Lithuanian descent (Gasztold being the Polish rendering of the Lithuanian name Goštautas).[3]

She is an ancestor of the media-man Jean-Marc Laurent[4][better source needed]

The English translation was written by Rumer Godden (1907–1998) who went to the Benedictine Abbey in France and spent time with the poet to do the translation.[citation needed]



  • Prières dans L'Arche, French & European Pubns, 1985, ISBN 978-0-685-11511-4
  • Choral de Bêtes, French & European Pubns, 1985, ISBN 978-0-685-11121-5

English translationEdit

  • Prayers from the ark and the Creatures' choir, Carmen Bernos de Gasztold, Translator Rumer Godden, Penguin Books, 1976
    • Prayers from the ark: selected poems, Carmen Bernos de Gasztold, Translator Rumer Godden, Illustrator Barry Moser, Reprint Puffin Books, 1995, ISBN 9780140545852
  • "The Prayer of the Dog", To absent friends: a collection of stories of the dogs we miss, Editor Jameson Parker, Willow Creek Press, 2004, ISBN 978-1-57223-706-3


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