The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism

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In this series of essays Paz explores the intimate connection between sex, eroticism, and love in literature throughout the ages. Rich in scope, The Double Flame examines everything from taboo to repression, Carnival to Lent, Sade to Freud, original sin to artificial intelligence. “Brimming with insight, thoughtfulness, and sincerity” (Kirkus Reviews). Translated by Helen Lane.

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Overview

In this series of essays Paz explores the intimate connection between sex, eroticism, and love in literature throughout the ages. Rich in scope, The Double Flame examines everything from taboo to repression, Carnival to Lent, Sade to Freud, original sin to artificial intelligence. “Brimming with insight, thoughtfulness, and sincerity” (Kirkus Reviews). Translated by Helen Lane.

Noble Laureate Octavio Paz explores the intimate connection between sex, eroticism and love in this collection of essays. Beginning with Plato's Symposium, he gives a short history of love and eroticism in literature throughout the ages.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
A learned, thoughtful study of love and literature.
Boston Globe
Elegant, pensive and intimate...a brilliant synthesis of ideas.
Washington Post Book World
The Double Flame is a tour de force -- generous, engrossing, insightful, rewarding, the testament to a portentous mind, a volume about ethos by a youthful old man. Its scope helps explain, once again, why Paz, Mexican by birth and cosmopolitan by education, is this century's intellectual conscience.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nobel laureate Paz presents a humanist examination of the roles played by love and eros in modern life and society. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156003650
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 362,715
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Octavio Paz was born in 1914 and died in 1998. The author of eighteen books, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Kingdoms of Pan 1
2 Eros and Psyche 28
3 The Prehistory of Love 53
4 The Lady and the Saint 89
5 A Solar System 124
6 The Morning Star 163
7 The City Square and the Bedroom 188
8 Digressions on the Way to a Conclusion 215
9 Recapitulation: The Double Flame 253
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    Love...ly The ideas presented in this book are excitingly origi

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    The ideas presented in this book are excitingly original! Never have I come across something quite like it. Octavio Paz made a promise to himself to dedicate one book exclusively to love, and just before his death, this masterpiece was finished. The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism explores the intimate connections between sex, eroticism, and love in literature throughout the ages and throughout the world.

    I think Octavio imparts great wisdom and advice on the topic of love. In his opinion, love in the West is in true danger. Modern sexual freedom, according to Paz, has become a narcissistic pursuit and exercise in freedom, accompanied by the erosion of family and personal values. In Eastern cultures, love is conceived within a religion tradition. To restore that connection of love to the soul, he calls for a dialogue between science and philosophy.

    This book has come at a perfect point in my life because I’ve been recovering from a truly obsessive love that he seems to understand. His poetry is healing and optimistic – all feelings have their meaning, as mysterious as they seem. Paz’s preface alone inspired me greatly because even for a Nobel laureate, this work did not come easily for him. My healing path started when I took a friend up on reading Impossible Love and it has been a strong journey of inner exploration ever since.

    If you are ready for some (extra) love in your life – pick up this beautifully written book!

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