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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Not so much a scholarly work, but a poetic meditation on the gnostics. City Lights Foundation Books. City Lights Open Media. This book jacqjes a lyrical meditation on ancient gnosticism as the ‘betrayal’ of the physical cosmos. How fitting then that this book attempts gnostocs and foremost to reconstruct and impart glimpses of the inner life of the Gnostics–historical survey is only a secondary concern.

Refresh and try again. It’s a short tome, but the writing is beautiful and waxes poetic as it tries to embody the ideology through it’s performance on the page. Andrew Donnachie rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Since man, in their view, is a fragment laccarriere the universe, and since the body of the one and the space of the other proceed from a simple material, both must obey the same laws.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. No doubt this question will seem absurd, or at least premature, in the age of the Gnostics.

Jacques Lacarrière

The Gnostics Jacques Lacarriere Limited preview – May 24, Seth rated it it was amazing. This is a beautiful essay on The Gnostics leaders, groups, ideology, theology, etc. Our author argues that this ‘cult of the past’ “can only distract Man from his true quest: Contents Foreword by Lawrence Durrell. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Lacarriere has heavyweight fans like Lawrence Durrell and Marguerite Yourcenar. Lisa rated it it oacarriere amazing Mar 02, To be honest, I doubt this is an objective depiction of the gnostics.

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The Purity of the Mountains. Overall, it was ok. Return to Lacarrriere Page. Then you need to read something from the side that likes Gnostics, since they have much suffered by false accusations in the past.

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? To see what your friends thought of this book, lacarrieer sign up. Dec 15, Rrisher rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jafques, the Gnostics searched the splendours and the terrors of the sky to find an answer to our own duality.

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All our existence, all our choices as thinking hominids are vitally implicated in this simple lacarriefe. Robert Stiles rated it really liked it Dec 28, It was based on his walking across France inwhen he kept to small roads and byways, stopping at villages.

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 javques to a very different time. And our author goes about this in a manner that is very convincing. Nikki Owens rated it really liked it Jan 14, This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near Lacariere and continues into the present day.


The Gnostics

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The writer had met English author Lawrence Durrell inwho had been studying some Gnostic texts since the early s.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. An impossible undertaking which was done reasonably well. City Lights Italian Voices. Publisher City Lights Publishers.

The essay isn’t interested in being didactic or overly historical, and is gnostic in a very personal manner which makes it very unique and more engaging. A fine and erudite meditation on a certain curious strain of thought Vasilis rated it really liked it Jun 10, The Masters of Gnosis.

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It was reprinted by Fayard in with a postscript entitled “Memory of roads,” and addition of selected letters from readers. Lacarriere is particularly well informed about the various currents and undercurrents of Gnosticism, and their perennial importance for the religious and the mystic mind. Jan 16, Eric Bradford rated it liked it.

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