David Andrea Anati|
Rock-climbing and Zen in Provence
The book cover shows the famous limestone cliffs of Provence, with the imposing mountain of Sainte-Victoire and the vertiginous precipices in the canyon of the Verdon river. Two rock-climbers, Ian-Yves and Hendri, meet there by chance and become climbing partners. Their love of the crags unites them, but Ian-Yves, the younger one of them, slowly discovers that in fact a whole world separates between them, and not only from the cultural point of view. Hendri is an erudite gentleman forty years his senior who has a way of thinking to which the young climber had never been exposed before: loyalty and fidelity, qualities that Ian-Yves felt attached to since his childhood, are questioned by his old climbing partner.
Through this link, friendly but full of controversy, Ian-Yves discovers a new philosophy which at first seems to him merely original, but slowly becomes scandalous and finally, as he realises that he might be on the verge of becoming converted to it, bluntly horrifying. He cannot accept Hendri's scaring thesis that Homo Sapiens is undergoing under our eyes a major transition from the era of a faithful species to a new era of a basically unfaithful human species. Thanks to a girl, Ian-Yves comes back to himself and understands that in spite of his encounters with Hendri he hasn't changed his orientation in the vicissitudes of life.
Throughout the pages, philosophy and climbing are linked together and overlapping, and mix with comradeship between climbers and with the beauty of Provence's countryside, but also with the dangers that the abysses reserve for non-cautious climbers.
Sanja Ivic writes:
'This is a fantastic book and it can be compared to great classical works (Lawrence Durrell, for instance). The author's style is authentic and the book provides a valuable and absorbing window into various topics from a philosophical perspective. The book itself represents a spiritual and philosophical journey and I believe that it will attract wide readership. The structure of the book is very well developed and exciting — it keeps the reader's interest. This book is multi-layered and includes philosophical, literary, cultural and spiritual dimensions.
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