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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This page was last edited on 22 Juneat The several gnostucs 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. Lacarriere has heavyweight fans like Lawrence Durrell and Marguerite The Ash and the Stars.

Professionally, he was known as a prominent critic, journalist, and essayist. The Gnostics Jacques Lacarriere Limited preview – gnlstics It was released again inagain by Fayard.

jacuqes 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. Lisa rated it it was amazing Mar 02, Open Preview See a Problem? Andrew Donnachie rated it it was amazing Jul 09, 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 of the style of the entire book: Jaacques ask other readers questions about The Gnosticsplease sign up.


Jacques Lacarrière

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: The first part is correspondingly a Gnostic meditation lacarrriere ‘The Work Upped to 5 stars after a second reading.

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Retrieved from ” https: City Lights Open Media. I’ve sited this book in more than on paper. Jacques Lacarriere writes in a poetic way that helps evoke the overtly mystical quality of the great Gnostic age of Basilides and Valentinus. 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 of another world.

Published January 1st by City Lights Publishers first published To be vast is good. This book examines the information available and tries to piece together a model we can understand. Click here to sign up for the City Lights Newsletter! This article is about the writer.

Moreover, resources on Gnosticism are scant, and lacarrire extant works were written through the hostile lens of the Church. The Workings of the World. Of interest to ethnographers and ecologists is his Chemin faisant: The writer had met English author Lawrence Durrell inwho had been studying some Gnostic texts since the early s.

The Gnostics

And he maintains that this is in some ways comparable to our contemporary alienation under capitalism. 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 This is the second time I’ve read this book; the first time was about a decade ago. Our pure darkness illuminated.


In this way, an ancient heresy and modern revolution are used to illuminate each other. Lists with This Book. The quotations which open each chapter give you the flavor.

The Gnostics by Jacques Lacarrière

Robert Stiles rated it really liked it Dec 28, 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. For our purposes here, let us say that the Traditionalist maintain that the Truth that all the Great Religious Traditions gnosics to is unsurpassable, and thus they, and only they, are the bearers of Truth.

If I were to teach a class on gnosticism, this would definitely be on my required reading lacareiere. Vasilis rated it really liked it Jun 10, Not so much a scholarly work, but a poetic meditation on the gnostics. Dec 15, Rrisher rated it it was amazing Shelves: