Ramon Llull and the Secret of Life

Amador Vega, Trans. by James W. Heisig

New York: Crossroad / Herder & Herder, 2003. ix+277 pages

The massive body of writings left behind by celebrated Catalan mystic, Ramon Llull (1232-1316), represents one of the great achievements of medieval thought. Writing in Arabic, Latin, and Catalan, Llull dedicated his life to the rapprochement of the three great religious traditions of the time: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

In this book, Amador Vega attempts a portrait of the inner, spiritual journey that inspired and directed his travels and writings. A new interpretation of the autobiographical text dictated by Llull in his waning years weaves together the three strands of Conversion, Formation, and Preaching that mark the major turning points of Llull’s life and provide the palette of colors from which he tried to paint his vision of the secret of life.

The latter half of the book brings together translations of representative texts spanning the whole of Llull’s career, some of them presented here for the first time in English.

Amador VEGA, a specialist in European mystical thought, studies philosophy, theology, and the history of religions in the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität (Freiburg), where he received his doctorate in philosophy with a dissertation on Ramon Llull. He subsequently spent three years at the Raimundus-Lullus-Institut of the same university. He is currently Professor of Religion at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

James W. HEISIG is a permanent fellow of the Nanzan Institute.

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