By James Cowan
In sixteenth-century Venice, in an island monastery, a cloistered monk reviews the journey of a lifetime—all in the confines of his mobilephone. half historic fiction, half philosophical secret, A Mapmaker's Dream tells the tale of Fra Mauro and his fight to achieve his life's paintings: to make an ideal map—one that represents the total breadth of production. information of Mauro's tasks draws explorers, pilgrims, tourists, and retailers, all wanting to give a contribution their money owed of far flung humans and locations. As he listens to the stories of the unusual and incredible issues they have obvious, Mauro involves regard the area as even more than continents and kingdoms: that it's also made from an enormous and both genuine inside panorama of ideals, aspirations, and goals. Mauro's map grows and takes form, changing into either extra entire and incomprehensible. within the technique, the bounds of Mauro's international are driven to the extraordinary, elevating questions about the connection among illustration, mind's eye, and the character of fact itself.
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Letter 9, pp. 32–33; emphasis added) 22 The Philosopher and the Storyteller Voegelin was raising an issue here that he would focus on later in another context: the importance of understanding that language, while employed in its pragmatic function for communicating about the objective world of things, may also be used symbolically in imaginative ways to transcend objective reality, thereby expressing meaning that transcends the objective world to symbolize a nonobjective or nonexistent reality.
The literary critic must rely upon an interpretive terminology that is consistent with the language symbols of the source itself This second principle grows from the first. The critic who submits to the master as a disciple must discipline himself if he is to understand the words of the master. This discipline imposes upon such a critic an interpretive terminology consistent with the language symbols of the source and will ensure, as far as possible, that an interpretive scheme that is external to the source itself will obscure neither the meanings embedded in the text nor the intentions of its author.
692. 4. Letter to J. N. Palmer, November 5, 1946, in Hoover Archives, Voegelin Papers, box 36, folder 8. Emphasis added. 5. Voegelin, Anamnesis, 84. Emphasis added. “The Attunement of the Soul” 37 own resistance to disorder began with his recognition of the spiritual disease underlying Nazi racist theories, which led him to publish two books in the 1930s analyzing and critiquing these theories. After his flight from Vienna to America in 1938, he continued that search for order in a more congenial milieu as he worked on his History of Political Ideas.
A Mapmaker's Dream: The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice: A Novel by James Cowan