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Labyrint 

Labyrint světa a Ráj srdce, to jest Světlé vymalování, kterak v tom světě věcech jeho všechněch nic není než matení a motání, kolotání a lopotování, mámení a šalba, bída a tesknost, a naposledy omrzení všeho a zoufání: ale kdož doma v srdci svém sedě s jediným Pánem Bohem se uzavírá, ten sám k pravému a plnému mysli upokojení a radosti že přichází

 

The Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the heart, that is, a light depiction of how this material world is in its entirety no more than confusion and complication, whirling and drudgery, delusion and deception, misery and loneliness, and finally sickening all and despairing; but whosoever sits at home in his heart closed up with the one Lord God, is himself coming calmly and joyously to right and full mind.

 


Origin of the work:
  1623 Brandýs nad Orlicí


Editions:
  1631 Pern (first edition, under the title Labyrint světa a Lusthaus srdce)

1663 Amsterdam (second revised edition, under the title Labyrint světa a ráj srdce)

1978 Prague, J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 3.

 


Contents:

The story of the Pilgrim, travelling through the City/World accompanied by Všezvěda Všudybuda (All-seeing Ubiquitousness, the “arrogance of the mind”) and Mámení (Delusion, “habit, giving the colour of truth to the deceptions of the world”), captures the ever-repeating human story of the search for the sense of human life. In the descriptions of the City/World, ruled by Queen Wisdom, Comenius applied his own experience and observations of the world of human bustle, cares and longings, as well as of disappointments and despair. The uncommon animation of text, the unusual insight into relationships and connections, the humorous perceptions and sensitively described differences between people, the colourful language and ultimately the awareness of Christ as the extent and cause of human endeavour, Christianity as the model of moral conduct and the philosophical justification for the life of Man, are the reasons for the Labyrinth being one of Comenius’ best known works, and why after three hundred years it is still relevant in the 20th century.

 

For further study, see also:

Antonín Škarka: postscript to the edition of the Labyrinth by the Naše vojsko publishing house, Prague 1958, pp171-193

J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 3. Prague 1978, pp398-400

Jan Kumpera, J. A. Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, pp258-259

 

 



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