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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Then you need to read something from the side that likes Gnostics, since they have muc A wonderful essay on the life and times of this religious movement that stirred the christian world for a few centuries.

Want to Read saving…. It was released again inagain by Fayard. Return to Book Page. No doubt this question will seem absurd, or at least premature, in the age of the Gnostics.

To be honest, I doubt this is an objective depiction of the gnostics. This article is about the writer.

The Gnostics by Jacques Lacarrière

The Ash and the Stars. Roxanne rated it really liked it Mar 17, jacquds While the next two parts of the book centre around Gnosticism’s historical origins and developments, it remains loaded with sentiment exemplified by the above, which to me seems appropriate: It was reprinted by Fayard in with a postscript entitled “Memory of roads,” and addition of selected letters from readers.


I was mesmerized by the topic: City Lights Foundation Books.

This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the present day. Gnostics have always sought to “know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their jacqies. A magnificent, lyrical and thought provoking essay. The first part is correspondingly a Gnostic meditation on ‘The Work Upped to 5 stars after a second reading.

Jacques Lacarrière

And o This book is a lyrical meditation on ancient gnosticism as the ‘betrayal’ of the physical cosmos. Overall, it was ok. Published January 1st by City Lights Publishers first published Views Read Edit View history. Contents Foreword by Lawrence Durrell. The several great religions born in the wake of the Agricultural Revolution and consequent rise of Empire cannot hope to speak to a world in which Man has become an Effective Power.

Mike Vittner rated it really liked it Sep 06, A fine and erudite meditation on a certain curious strain of thought Nothing if not trenchant and nothing if not radical.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Open Preview See a Problem? And it seems that what struck these men most forcibly, as they watched throughout the Egyptian nights, is the dark portion of the sky–the vastness, the omnipresence, the heavy opacity of that blackness. City Lights Books Amazon. Since man, in their view, is a fragment of 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.


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Jacques Lacarrière – Wikipedia

It is as convincing a reconstruction of the way the Gnostics lived and thought as D. To be vast is good. This book is a lyrical meditation on ancient gnosticism as the ‘betrayal’ of the physical cosmos. Jim Hurley rated it really liked it Feb 24, Thus, the Gnostics searched the splendours and the terrors of the sky to find an answer to our own duality. Man is a mirror in which one can discover the reduced and condensed image of the sky, a living universe carrying gnostocs him, in his body and in his psyche, fires and dark shores, zones of shadows and of light.

To possess planets and stars is an incontestable triumph. Christopher rated it liked it Feb 23, An impossible undertaking which was done reasonably well.

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.

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