• Swedenborg’s Secret

    The Meaning and Significance of the Word of God, the Life of the Angels, and Service to God; a Biography

    By Lars Bergquist

    Swedenborg’s Secret is the first major study of the eighteenth-century Swedish philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) to be published in English for over fifty years. Using a wealth of historical material, Lars Bergquist paints a vivid portrait of an ambitious and practical man who was one of the greatest figures of the Enlightenment and who captivated generations of thinkers with his stunning vision of human destiny. Read more

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Swedenborg’s Secret is the first major study of the eighteenth-century Swedish philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) to be published in English for over fifty years, being a translation of the critically acclaimed Swedish biography Swedenborg’s Hemlighet (1999). Beautifully designed and illustrated throughout with ten color plates and forty-four black-and-white pictures, Swedenborg’s Secret is an authoritative and full-length biography that is immensely readable.

Using a wealth of historical material, Lars Bergquist paints a vivid portrait of an ambitious and practical man who was one of the greatest figures of the Enlightenment, a polymath who was a poet, inventor, mathematician, mineralogist, anatomist, and cosmologist. Bergquist also reveals Swedenborg to be a “man of two worlds,” someone who not only played an active part in the political life of his nation but who was also a spiritual visionary, setting out a stunning vision of human destiny in works such as Heaven and Hell and New Jerusalem. Swedenborg’s Secret reclaims Swedenborg from the margins of contemporary thought and places him where he belongs: as a founding figure of modern spirituality and Western philosophy.

The book also contains a chronology of Swedenborg’s life and contemporary events, an appendix listing the contents of Swedenborg’s personal library and other books he was known to have owned or read, a comprehensive bibliography, and a full index.

About the Author

Lars Bergquist was winner of the Wahlstrom and Widstrand Literature Prize and the Östrabo Prize in 1994. He is a writer and a former diplomat whose postings have included Moscow, London, Peking, and the Vatican. Lars also served as president of the National Council for Culture in Sweden from 1993 to 1997 and president of the Swedenborg Society in 2010. He has published many books in Swedish, including novels, biographies, diaries, translations of poetry, and several studies of Swedenborg.

Reviews

“This immensely detailed and authoritative book is essential reading for anyone interested in Swedenborg”

—Karin Petherick, The Swedish Book Review

“[Bergquist] shows how Swedenborgian ideas have had a concrete effect on our world”

—Gary Lachman, Independent

Book of the Year, 2005

—Jah Wobble, Independent

“His book will be the standard biography for the foreseeable future”

—Britt Dahlström, The Metro, Sweden

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