Description - Sufism and Surrealism by Adonis
In this remarkable book, Adonis, one of the Arab world's greatest living poets, explores the peculiar convergence of ideas running through Sufism and Surrealism. While at first appearing to be in polar opposition, convincing parallels are drawn between these spiritual and aesthetic/atheistic movements. Adonis contests that atheism does not necessarily imply a rejection of Sufism, just as Sufism does not necessarily imply a belief in a traditional religion or faith. Both are related to the metaphysical, and both seek to say what has not been said, to know what has not been known. Sufis and Surrealists are engaged in parallel quests for the hidden in existence, seeking the resolution of contradictions on a higher plane - through deregulation of the senses and holy madness. Traditional religion, science, law can only provide so many answers. Sufism and Surrealism strive towards the 'unsayable', towards a oneness that is, in Adonis' words, 'outside the bounds of religion ...the infinite.'
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(210mm x 135mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Adonis
Adonis is hugely esteemed as a poet and man of letters. Born in Syria in 1930, he settled in Lebanon in the 1950s, where he became a central figure in the new Arabic poetry movement. In 1956 he helped establish the literary magazine Shi'r, and in 1968 founded its successor, the equally prestigious Mawakif. Both were to play a seminal role in the revival of the Arabic literary tradition. Adonis is the author of several classic works that have led to a rigorous reassessment of Arab cultural heritage.