The Dark Night of the Soul (unabridged)

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St John of the Cross

The Dark Night of the Soul

Read by Peter Wickham


At the centre of The Dark Night of the Soul (La noche oscura del alma) is a poem written by the 16th-century Spanish poet and mystic St John of the Cross. Consisting of eight stanzas, each of five lines, the poem outlines the journey in pursuit of divine union, within which the only source of light comes from the soul. This recording in English includes the poem itself and St John’s two accompanying treatises (1584–5), essentially commentaries, which offer line-by-line explanations of the poem. Many modern readers have found guidance and consolation in this work.

  • Running Time: 5 h 29 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-342-3
    Cat. no.:NA0480
    Edited by:Andrew Young, Viva Voce Audio
    BISAC:REL070000, REL047000
    Released:January 21
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