The Powers of the Word
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Powers of the Word by Rene Daumal
Book DescriptionSince his death in 1944, Rene Daumal has come to be recognized as one of the original minds of the twentieth century French letters. Poet, essayist, philosopher and translator, Sanscrit scholar and pupil of Gurdjieff, Daumal was a founder of the Grand Jeu group. He was iconoclastic and electic, able to embrace simultaneously Alfred Jarry's Pataphysics and Hindu teachings. Daumal's two major works in English translation, Mount Analogue and A Night of Serious Drinking, have long been classics in this country; but until now, readers have not had acess to the full range of his thought. The Powers of the Word spans a lifetime of essays and notes--many here translated for the first time--from the earliest incitements to drug use and revolt; through Daumal's unique readings of literary works; to his more mature, but no less ardent, meditations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780872862593
(203mm x 127mm x 15mm)
Imprint: City Lights Books
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1992
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Rene Daumal
Night of Serious Drinking, Paperback (July 2004)
In a work that presents the teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky in the form of symbolic fiction, the narrator, intoxicated after an evening of revels with friends, is taken on a journey that ranges from sublime paradises to the depths of human hells.
Mount Analogue, Paperback (June 2004)» View all books by Rene Daumal
A voyage to an unknown island and the ascent of a symbolic mountain serve as the narrative touchstone for this novel of spiritual inquiry. The members of the expedition are knowledge-seeking artists and scholars who slowly begin to grasp the hidden meaning of their journey to Analogue.
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