This collection of essays highlights the influence of Swedish visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) on art, spirituality, and culture. Opening with an essay by Spanish-language writer and metaphysician Jorge Luis Borges, from which the collection draws its name, the volume includes a description of Swedenborg’s influence on Fyodor Dosteovsky by Czeslaw Milosz; a look at Swedenborg from a mystical perspective from Wilson Van Dusen; the transcendentalist connection with Ralph Waldo Emerson in an essay by Eugene Taylor; and Buddhist scholar D. T. Suzuki’s describes similarities between Swedenborg’s philosophy and Buddhism. Essays by Kathleen Raine on Swedenborg’s poetic influence and Colin Wilson on the psychological perspective on Swedenborg’s visions round out the collection.
“In the history of the rebellion of man against God and against the order of nature, Swedenborg stands out as a healer who wanted to break the seals on the sacred books and thus make the rebellion unnecessary.”
James F. Lawrence