A Passion in the Desert

My good friend Wayne has drawn my attention to a fascinating short story by Honoré de Balzac titled “A Passion in the Desert”, written in 1830. The story concludes with a paean of praise: “There is nothing like the desert in my eyes! Ah! it is beautiful — superb. …. In the desert, there is everything and there is nothing. …. It is God without man.”

You can read the story in a few minutes at http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/PASSION.htm .

The Australian desert does not provide quite the remarkable experience described by Balzac, however one can certainly feel there something of a direct encounter with Nature devoid of the accoutrements of mankind, and also interact with the animal world in a way that is denied us in the city.


About dazzlerplus

Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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One Response to A Passion in the Desert

  1. roobark says:

    I think the ‘God without man’ – well, ‘people’ – comment of Balzac’s is interesting. There certainly is a feeling you have in remote places, desert or otherwise, that, with the ‘medium’ of people removed, access or relationship with God is immediate, uncluttered, unfettered and even peaceable. Hmm.

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