The Grand Theme

The Grand Theme and Other Essays

By Anders Hallengren

THE GRAND THEME will be launched at the Swedenborg Society's Annual General Meeting on 27 June 2013. Anders Hallengren will be present to introduce and sign copies of his new book. Further details.


Format: Cased
Pages: 216pp
Weight: 0.32kg
Publisher: The Swedenborg Society
Edition: 1st
Language: English
Place of publication: London, UK.
Date of publication: 2013

ISBN 970-0-85448-178-1

The Grand Theme


Signed copies available


The Grand Theme contains a rich collection of essays by Anders Hallengren, celebrated Swedish author and scholar, a Harvard alumnus, and former President of the Swedenborg Society.

Anders Hallengren is a Swedish author and scholar, a Harvard alumnus, and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. He received a doctorate for a dissertation on RW Emerson’s philosophy (The Code of Concord, 1994) and is an Associate Professor and Fellow of Stockholm University. The author of many books, including Gallery of Mirrors: Reflections on Swedenborgian Thought (Swedenborg Foundation, 1998) he is also the English translator of Swedenborg’s Dream Diary and other works. He has provided the revised translation of – and an introduction to - Carl Robsahm’s Memoirs of Swedenborg (Swedenborg Society, 2011). A prolific essayist and also a poet, Hallengren was awarded a prize by the Swedish Academy in 2008. In 2009 he lectured at the Swedenborg Association of Australia, the Hurstville Society, and the Linnean Society of New South Wales. He is currently translating a series of lectures on botany delivered by Carl Linneaus in the mid-1700s, a work commissioned by The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters. Since 2010, Anders has been the coordinator for Configurations of Desire, an international network of scholars researching expressions of desire in literature from antiquity through to the seventeenth century. The result of their research, PANGS OF LOVE AND LONGING: Configurations of Desire in Premodern Literature, will be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2013. A volume of Anders' poetry was recently published in bilingual translation, Pentagrams | Pentagramme (Éditions Sander, 2012) Further information.

table of contents

1. Verisimilitude and the Portrait of an Angel             
2. The Grand Theme: A Journey in the Musical Universe         
3. An Angle of Vision            
4. The Heart of Matter            
5. In the Garden of God            
6. Jardin des Plantes: The most important place on earth          
7. In the Shadow of Le Morne Brabant      
8. The Oceanic Mind

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