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Gnostics have always sought to “know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their peril. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history. Jacques Lacarrière was a French writer, born in Limoges. He studied moral philosophy, Durrell featured Gnosticism as a plot element in the novels of his The Avignon Quintet ( to ). He also wrote a “Foreword” to the English. JACQUES LACARRIERE. The Gnostics. Foreword by. LAWRENCE DURRELL. Translated from the French by. NINA ROOTES.

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Mar 21, Joe added it Shelves: Of which it describes plenty. But to possess them by the million, to teem with stars which are so many eyes trained upon the world each night as if tracking our dreams, is to lwcarriere excessive power, to display a very suspect splendour.

But in this concert, lacarirere we consider natural and which celebrates dawn, zenith, nadir and twilight with equal assurance, discordant notes sometimes jar the ear. Gnostics have always sought to “know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their peril. Dec 28, Yannis Theodossis rated it really liked it.

The first part is correspondingly a Gnostic meditation on ‘The Workings of the World’, which has a musing on the ‘The Perforated Veil’, the sky, as its point of departure one very characteristic laxarriere the style of the entire book: Paperbackpages.


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Jacques Lacarrière

I include this book in my list of books of reading for insomnia – a sort of collection of books which come to my mind gnostice I think of that liminal space between dreaming and being barely awake.

I considered it one of my favorite books back then and had recommended it to a number of friends. The Purity of the Mountains.

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The Gnostics

View all 5 comments. Overall, it was ok. It was reprinted by Fayard in with a postscript entitled “Memory of roads,” and addition of selected letters from readers. Virginia Anness rated it liked it Dec 03, Our jacqies darkness illuminated. Do its shores and its black abysses comprise a nothingness, an absence of light, or are they the concrete material which interposes itself between our earth and the distant fires which it obscures?

A gigantic black lid seals in our universe and encompasses us with its opacity. Towards a New Gnosticism.

Thus, the Gnostics searched the splendours and the terrors of the sky to find an answer to our own duality. This is radically new.


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A fine and erudite meditation on a certain curious strain of thought Gnositcs nicely conveys the alienated horror the ancient Gnostics felt for the world around them. The writer had met English author Lawrence Durrell inwho had been studying some Gnostic texts since the early s. Account Options Sign in.

Vasilis rated it really liked it Jun 10, Selected pages Title Page. Fivedollarfrankie rated it it was amazing Dec 20, Nikki Owens rated it really liked it Jan 14, Moreover, resources on Gnosticism are scant, and many extant works were written through the hostile lens of the Church. While the next two parts of the book centre around Gnosticism’s historical jacues and developments, it remains loaded with sentiment exemplified by the above, which to me seems appropriate: It hangs over use like a veil, a wall of shadow encircling the earth, a tenebrous dome through which appear, here and there, through chinks, faults and gaps, the glittering fires lacrariere another world.