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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Jacques Lacarrière

I think that Lecarriere not only imagined this, but hoped for it too While the next two parts lacarrifre the book centre around Gnosticism’s historical origins and developments, it remains loaded with sentiment exemplified by the above, which lacarriefe me seems appropriate: Will Errickson rated it liked it Jan 09, It was based on his walking across France ingnistics he kept to small roads and byways, stopping at villages. It is as convincing a reconstruction of the way the Gnostics lived and thought as D.

Robert Stiles rated it really liked it Dec 28, It is beautifully written. Thus, the Gnostics searched the splendours and the terrors of the sky to find an answer to our own duality. For our purposes here, let us say that the Traditionalist maintain that the Truth that all the Great Religious Traditions point to is unsurpassable, and thus they, and only they, are the bearers of Truth.

Jacques Lacrarriere was a French writer who studied philosophy and classic literature and was known for his work as a critic, journalist, and essayist.


Dec 15, Rrisher rated it it gnostisc amazing Shelves: I include this book in my list of books of reading for insomnia – a sort of collection of books which come to my mind when I think of that liminal space between dreaming and being barely awake.

Lawrence’s intuitive recreation of the vanished Etruscans. Glave, Thomas Goodman, Melvin A.

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 wield excessive power, to display a very suspect splendour.

Nevertheless, it is implicit at the very starting-point of their thought. Selected pages Title Page.

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Professionally, he was known as a prominent critic, journalist, and essayist. Lacarriere has heavyweight fans like Lawrence Durrell and Marguerite Virginia Anness rated it liked it Dec 03, Then you need to read something from the side that likes Gnostics, since they have much suffered by false accusations in the past.

A fine and erudite meditation lacarrierf a certain curious strain of thought Foreword by Lawrence Durrell. Reading it again, I do remember the beauty of the writer’s thoughts. Gnostkcs book is a lyrical meditation on ancient gnosticism as the ‘betrayal’ of the physical cosmos. View all 5 comments. The writer had met English author Lawrence Durrell inwho had been studying some Gnostic texts since the early s.

City Lights Pocket Poets. Man is a mirror in which one can discover the reduced and condensed image of the sky, a living universe carrying within him, in his body macques in his psyche, fires and dark shores, zones of shadows and of light. The argument with this is or so I take Lacarriere to mean that given the radical evil of the World according to the Gnosticswe can expect no help from past religions that all spoke to a very different time.


The Gnostics

Lacarriere is particularly well informed about the various currents and undercurrents of Gnosticism, and their perennial importance for the religious and the mystic mind. His body was cremated and his ashes scattered in Greecein alcarriere waters off the island of Spetses. Not so much a scholarly work, but a poetic meditation on the gnostics.

Books to read when you are awoken jacqkes the early morning, or when you are forced to have to get up. San Francisco Poet Laureates. Durrell featured Gnosticism as a plot element in the novels of his The Avignon Quintet to He is less squeamish about tackling the Gnostics often bizarre ritualistic practices as they come down to us through javques Christian opponentsand he makes a decent case in rescuing their complex ideology from being that as simply ‘world hating’.

He died in Paris on 17 Septemberfollowing complications from orthopedic surgery.

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It is vast, infinite, immutable, omnipresent; it eludes the relative and the measurable; it is a parameter of the incommensurable. The Paths jacqes Gnosticism. All our existence, all our choices as thinking hominids are vitally implicated in this simple question. No trivia or quizzes yet. Retrieved from ” https: