Thank you, Terje, for the synopsis. It sound very interesting. I looked at your website, and see that you're involved in the gnostic movement in Norway. Can you tell me something about the level of interest in gnosticism, in Norway?
> I haven't read "Flicker" but will check it out. Can you tell me something
> more about it?
It involves: A young man discovering the
world,relationships,women,betrayal,pride,arrogance and the whole enchilada
in or by way of the celluloid medium (films,flicks,movies)..his beginning
fascination and subsequent "professional" obsession for the films and
carriere of a swiss immigrant filmmaker going by the name of Max Caslte
(Max von Kastell), from there the ride gets wilder.. it involves a secret
Catholic society founded to combat the evils of the Zoetrope, an invention
of the Knights Templars with the help of clever Arabic alchemists..wherein
images take on a life of themselves through the medium of light/fire.
About a quaint Orphanage in the swiss alps wherein charges are instructed
in the technology of film-making...about Jean-Paul
Sartres definition of
Movies as a "the rape of the soul".. The story has a twist, if I gave away
too much of it, it wouldnt be as entertaining,funny..or exciting.
oh, and theres Cathars... Guirdhams modern day Cathars (I`ve met some, not
a sour word from me..I swear!) and ..uhmmm..the other kind.
The book works well for media-oriented/media-bored,above all nostalgic
cinemaphiles, just as Eco`s Name of the Rose + Foucaults Pendulum works
for Bibliophiles of the same orientation..
> BTW --- Thank you for putting me onto "Clive Barker" --- I'm going to try
> "Imajica", though I wonder if I'll get through all 1,000 pages of it.
It is in some ways the makings of two books, it was just cut up and
published as two books initially, but it wasnt "cut" in the right place
for it to "work"....
> Speaking of Cathars, who I believe were gnostics, I spent a summer
> recently at Montsegur. I was rather surprised to
learn that the fortress
> on the mountain is not the same one where the Cathars were holed up in
> 1243, but was erected quite a few years later as a military outpost. The
> evidence for this includes coins that were found included in the walls,
> and which postdate the tragedy. On the summit, you can see remnants of the
> earlier village. There go some of the theories of how the Cathars
> constructed a "solar temple".
I wasnt aware of this.. well, as far as I understood the Fortress itself
did not "fall", it was its function as stronghold for the dissenting
nobility and the Cathars which fell...anyways, I have yet to visit the
site.. I have heard very good things of Peyrepetrusse and the other
"cathar castles" and towns from people who have travlled there..
> Still, the area is magnificent and carries a great feeling of peace.
I believe that. I treasure the "stories" some of my friends have given
of the place, but hope to find my own..
Terje Dahl Bergersen
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