The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism

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Harcourt Brace, 1996 - Literary Collections - 288 pages
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"In The Double Flame, Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz explores the intimate connection between sex, eroticism, and love - themes that have been a constant in his writing, from his first published poems to the great works of his maturity. Beginning with Plato's Symposium, he gives a short history of love and eroticism in literature throughout the ages: from the influence of the great cities Alexandria and Rome on the development of love poetry, to courtly love in Heian Japan and twelfth-century France, to love in modern novels such as Madame Bovary and Ulysses. Rich in scope, The Double Flame examines everything from taboo to repression, Carnival to Lent, Sade to Freud, Original Sin to artificial intelligence."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - Realini - Goodreads

The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism by Octavio Paz I have not read more beautiful thoughts, inspired by or taken from great classics- Plato, James Joyce, Petrarch, Shakespeare, Balzac and more This ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

I like Paz and so I enjoyed the book. It is a wild ride. I think his interpretation of the symposium is a bit weak, he more or less collapses all distance between the neoplatonists and Plato himself ... Read full review

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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.

Helen Lane was the preeminent translator of French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian fiction. Among the long list of authors she translated are Augusto Roa Bastos, Jorge Amado, Luisa Valenzuela, Mario Vargas Llosa, Marguerite Duras, N linda Pi on, and Curzio Malaparte.

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