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Tarology [Paperback]

Enrique Enriquez

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Nov. 20 2011
In TAROLOGY Enrique Enriquez sees the Tarot de Marseille through the prism and science of pataphysics, the science of imaginary solutions. By following into the footsteps of Oulipian writers, he applies the idea of constraint and the rule of restriction to the surprisingly visual and gestural nature of Tarot. The result is not only illuminating but also enriching for all those interested in the history of Tarot and its divinatory practices. Enriquez develops a whole new method of reading cards, which combines careful considerations of chance with choice. By using a phenomenological and constructivist approach to the cards, Enriquez shows how the Tarot de Marseille speaks poetry and thus reveals some of our deepest concerns with language, with what we can say when we are at a loss for words. --- "In TAROLOGY, going from pataphysics to poetry, Enrique Enriquez PERFORMS tarot in a way that is marvelously free of cultural preconditioning to the workings of myth and symbol, while at the same time proposing following the rules of 'watch and learn', 'keep it simple', 'stay on track', 'be surprised', 'be fearless', and 'let the image talk the walk'. This is no small achievement." (Camelia Elias, Professor of American Studies and Tarot de Marseille Reader)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Eyecorner Press (Nov. 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8792633129
  • ISBN-13: 978-8792633125
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #405,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Open Your Eyes... Dec 15 2011
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At all costs, do not buy this book if you are looking for a clear and concise guide to reading Tarot cards. Instead, what Enrique proposes is a radical perspective which brings the images to vibrant life through analogical thinking and poetic metaphor. In true dervish style, Enriquez challenges us into terrains uncharted by almost any other Tarot theorist out there--to a place where profound understanding precedes intellectual rationale and genuine art is made in the moment. You have been warned...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! Feb. 8 2013
By C. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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Who knows how many books come out every year on the Tarot. The vast majority of them seem to be the same book paraphrased over and over again-penned perhaps by robots sitting in La Maison Dieu. There are exceptions, of course. Alejandro Jodorowsky's book being one that comes to mind.

None but this one, as far as I know, propose such exquisite and impossible ideas as this: "Our aim is not to arrive at an ultimate truth, but to stop, albeit briefly, at an exception made true." or "Instead of using a sequence of cards to arrive at some form of meaning, meaning-making will be the means through which we arrive at a sequence of cards, in a process that would have the Marseille Tarot shuffling itself."

For those of us nourished by the milk of dada, surrealism, and all that followed, and all that came before .. for those of us who incline towards the artist's, or the poet's sensibility, this book is a delight. It is not, as another reviewer has said, a crib or an introduction to the Tarot. But it would be a great second book to read on the Tarot, wherever you may have begun.

Thank you Enrique for your humor, irony, playfulness and brilliance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Opening Cookie-Cutter Dispelling Diagnosis for Tarot Reading Jan. 18 2012
By P. Nagy - Published on Amazon.com
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EyeCorner Press has collected and published a healthy collection of EE's pataphysical tarot experiments and examples of his performance based poetic readings. TAROLOGY is a book to inspire and confound tarot readers.
Unlike umpteen tarot-how-tos or recipe books on basic card reading and manipulation of the cards, TAROLOGY (ISBN 978-87-92633-12-5) is for the truly adept tarotist or tarososophist, struck by symbol glut or associationist salad into a state of occult ennui.
If your readings seem staid to the point of boredom, a bit of serious perusal of Enrique Enriquez's TAROLOGY may nudge one out of subconscious doldrums into a wondrous state of poetic afflatus and may, at its very least, encourage tarotists to take lessons from poetry and the poets, those universal editors of the divine utterance or oracular tarot readings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetics of Tarot: Embodiment, Movement, Rhythm Sept. 21 2012
By Camelia Elias - Published on Amazon.com
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In 'Tarology', going from pataphysics to poetry and back again, Enrique Enriquez performs tarot in a way that is marvelously free of cultural preconditioning to the workings of myth and symbol, while at the same time proposing following the rules of 'watch and learn', 'keep it simple', 'stay on track', 'be surprised', 'be fearless', and 'let the image talk the walk'. This is no small achievement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enthousiasmant manuel pataphysique de tarots Aug. 12 2012
By rhumbs - Published on Amazon.com
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Dans une suite de chapitres qui rappellent souvent le style provocateur et potache des avant-gardes littéraires les plus joueuses du XXe siècle - dadaistes, pataphysiciens, oulipiens - Enrique Enriquez chamboule les théories, pastiche les traités classiques de tarot divinatoire. Il démystifie et libère ainsi la lecture des tarots pour en faire un exercice d'exploration du possible à l'aide de techniques ludiques et poétiques : jeux de langue, jeux de mots et de formes, anagrammes.
D'entrée, le tarot est considéré comme un objet pataphysique que l'auteur nous propose de travailler en utilisant par exemple un système arbitraire de symbolisme basé sur la forme des lettres, ou en appliquant diverses recettes facilitant l'élaboration d'histoires à partir de détails entrant en résonance.
La forme est aussi réussie que le fond, et on se demande au final si on lit un livre pataphysique déguisé en manuel de tarot, ou un manuel de Tarot à la sauce pataphysique.
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