- Opening pages
- Chapter I
- Chapter XII


PRODUCT DETAILS

- Paperback
- 324 pages
- First edition
- Recluse Publishing 2009
- Size: 6" x 9"
- Shipping weight: 21 oz
- ISBN 10 - 0-9782637-1-5
- ISBN 13 - 978-0-9782637-1-3


...A JOURNEY TO THE PRIMORDIAL LANGUAGE
AT THE SOURCE OF ALL DREAMING, ART & MYTHMAKING


      In 1945, on a hill overlooking the Nile, a Gnostic text was accidentally unearthed after having been buried for seventeen hundred years. Within its aged pages there appeared the mysterious fragment:

      Taking this as his starting point, the noted Visionary artist L. Caruana guides his reader through a labyrinth of imagery, exposing the forgotten image-language at the root of all dreaming, art and mythmaking....
      Drawing examples from a diversity of ancient cultures (Buddhism, Alchemy, Gnosticism) and from contemporary Visionary art (Dali, Fuchs, Johfra), many beautiful and intriguing symbols are illuminated with crystal clarity
      Retracing the steps of 20th century mythmakers (Hesse, Kazantzakis) and scholars (Jung, Campbell, Eliade), Caruana opens our eyes to the ancient mythic patterns underlying our lives
      As many fascinating dreams are offered and decyphered (Baudelaire, Descartes), a new key is given to us for the elucidation of dreams
      By the end of this richly-illustrated study, we come to see how our own daily experiences are, in fact, heroic adventures culminating in rare moments of epiphany.
      We discover that our own lives are nothing less than "a gradual unfolding of the sacred."

THE AUTHOR

      L. Caruana is an artist, writer and lecturer who lives in Paris. He holds a Philosophy degree in Hermeneutics and is the author of The Hidden Passion: A Novel of the Gnostic Christ based on the Nag Hammadi Texts, also published by Recluse.
      From his studio in the Bastille quarter, he edits The Visionary Revue while exhibiting his works throughout Europe.
      See LCaruana.com and VisionaryRevue.com

SPECIAL FEATURES

      - Richly illustrated with 90 reproductions and 15 diagrams
      - Reproductions include symbolic art from the sacred traditions of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, Hindu-Buddhism & Judaeo-Christianity.
      - Modern reproductions include art from Bosch, Van der Weyden, Dali, Magritte, Fuchs & Johfra.
      - Diagrams explain Gnosticism, Alchemy and the structures of Myth.






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