THE HERMETIC ALHAMBRA

Antonio Enrique

Versión inglesa: Ana Carreño Leyva y Gerard Smith

ISBN: 978-84-89739-87-1    Rústica

336 pp.    20 €

  

    The Hermetic Alhambra constitutes a detailed account of this great monument from an esoteric point of view, an account which so far has been developed neither systematically nor comprehensively. In this work the measurements of its «Golden Proportion» are worked out, its symbolism is partially explained, an assessment is made of previously unclassified precedents, and its remarkable inscriptions are interpreted. At the same time, an attempt is made to identify the true sense of the various legends which outline its sacred origin. The book is divided into twelve chapters and the titles of a number of these give an indication of its hermetic content: «The Alchemical Foundation of the Alhambra», «Granada, Crucible of two Heterodox Gothics», «The Comares  Palace: Lost Replica of Solomon’s Temple», «The Oasis of Sheba or The Court of the Lions», «The Living Crucible of The Hall of Two Sisters», etc. Each chapter is generously annotated with quotes from classical experts on the Alhambra, as well as Muslim historians and from treatise writers on the cabbala and occultism.  

  

  

ANTONIO ENRIQUE (Granada, 1953), member of the Academia de Buenas Letras of Granada, is the author of a great many works in genres such as poetry, narrative, essays and literary criticism. As a poet, he has published seventeen books, the last being Santo Sepulcro (Holy Sepulchre) (1998), El reloj del infierno (The clock of hell) (1999), Huerta del cielo (Heaven’s garden) (2000), Silver Shadow (2004) and Viendo caer la tarde (Watching dusk fall) (2005). His novels include La Armónica Montaña (The Harmonic Mountain) (1986), Kalaát Horra (1991, re-edited as Las praderas celestiales (Celestial meadows) (1999), La luz de la sangre (The light of blood) (1997) and El discípulo amado (The beloved disciple) (2000). His work as a literary critic includes over four hundred commentaries in the press and specialist magazines. Lastly, his essays include Tratado de la Alhambra hermética (The Hermetic Alhambra) (1988, 1991 and 2005), Canon heterodoxo (Heterodox canon) (2003) and Los suavísimos desiertos (The mildest deserts) (2003). He resides in Guadix, where he teaches and is in charge of the Abentofail workshop of poetry and thought.

   

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