Mount Analogue

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Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing by René Daumal 1908-1944.

In Daumal’s unfinished symbolic Novella a group of explorer’s come together to embark upon a quest to find the Mount Analogue of the Novel in a Yacht named the Impossible. Mount Analogue, a peak that reaches toward heaven although real in every sense of the term in that it it exists, has geographic co-ordinates and a population that are completely hidden from view. It can only be bought into view when the sun’s rays hit the earth at a particular point of view. The exhibition’s leader is Father Sogol or in otherwords the Logos, both fantastic, allegorical and metaphysical, it is a journey of faith.

In one of Duamal’s letters quoted at the back of the book his wife Vera writes that ‘he did on one occasion describe in conscise terms the path he saw before him.’

‘I am dead because I lack desire;

I lack desire because I think I possess;

I think I possess because I do not try to give.

In trying to give, you see that you have nothing;

Seeing you have nothing, you try to give of yourself;

Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing;

Seeing you are nothing, you desire to become;

In desiring to become, you begin to live.’

René Daumal, Mount Analogue, Gallimard, 1952:pp 102