Gaston Bachelard, master dreamer of the elements, animates the waters of the soul with his stirring, fluid imagination With the subtlety of a poet, he ranges from the surface of water with its reflective narcissism to the very depths where water flows into death Clear waters, deep water, the Charon Complex, water in combination with other elements, maternal waters, water s morality, violent water, water s voice....
|Title||:||Water and Dreams: An Essay on the Imagination of Matter (Bachelard Translation Series)|
|Publisher||:||Dallas Inst Humanities 3rd edition March 15, 1999|
|Number of Pages||:||213 pages|
|File Size||:||581 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Water and Dreams: An Essay on the Imagination of Matter (Bachelard Translation Series) Reviews
One of my favorite Bachelard books.
It's a pity Bachelard is not widely read, since his books are, to quote from the Preface written by Harvard professor John R. Stilgoe for The Poetics of Space (1958), "magical." They belong to the rare and precious group of books that invites the reader to the intimate conversation the author's soul has with itself. This in fact is to paraphrase a quote Bachelard himself made to his daughter. According to Suzanne Bachelard in Fragments of Poetics of Fire (1988), he one day spoke with admiration the first lines of Schleiermacher's Monologen, where he said: "No choicer gift may be offered another than one's spirit's intimate converse with itself."
Bachelard's book, one of the best ever written about the nature of water, was an early inspiration for both my own research and writing. There is much in the pages of Water and Dreams to be of interest to any practitioner of water management and to any student conerned with how we regard life's very essence. I quoted Bachelard 6 times in own work Deep Immersion: The Experience of Water, nominated for top enviromental book of the year in 2003. Other works worth consulting include Schwenk's Water, the Element of LIfe, Illich's H2O and the Waters of Forgetfulness, and Sprawson's Haunts of the Black Masseur.