| Song of Songs
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The title, Song of Songs, is as much a riddle as its biblical title is an illusion and is emphatically not "of Solomon". If this is only a poem of voluptuous love, why is it canonic?
For the first time since Aqivah proclaimed it in the first century of our era as "more holy than all the sacred scriptures", Carlo Suares has revealed its exalted secret by decoding the original cipher.
The Song of Songs is true on four different, interpenetrating levels. The reader is taken from realism to the symbolism of the Qabala, and finally to a subtle and difficult sphere, a wordless contemplation, that the brain alone cannot grasp.
Were it a lesser work The Song of Songs would not have survived and it would not continue to be misunderstood. The text is something quite extraordinary, one might say sublime, because it is a marvellous expression of the only real peace: the immeasurable, universal movement in which the Beginning and the End are One.
All readers of Suares' previous work, The Cipher of Genesis, with which this is a companion volume, and all those who seek the truth and source of the ideas which gave birth to our Age will find that this book helps to rid the Scriptures of the gross misinterpretations that have caused their meaning to be debased.
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Carlo Suares was born in Alexandria in
1892. After thc war hc studied at
the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and obtaincd
a diploma in architecture. He bcgan
writing in 1927 and from then until 1939,
whilc living partly in Francc and partly in
Egypt, scvcral of his books were publishcd,
including La Nouvelle Crealion, La Comedie
psychologique and Quoi Israel.
Jn 1940, being in Egypt and considering his career as a writer to bc finished, he turncd to painting for rescearch into thc composition of light, which he cxpresscd by using turquoisc blue and rose mauve as the basic colours of his palettc. It took him fiftccn years of intense work to master his new technique. During this period hc wrote L'Hyperbole chromalique.
In 1945 Suares started to writc again, and among his morc notablc works arc: Krishnamurli el L'Unili humaine, Critique de la Raison impure, La Kabale des Kabales, De quelques Apprentis-Sorciers.
Suares gives us the fruit of forty years' study of thc Qabala in The Cipher of Genesis and The Song of Songs.