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Hidden Treasure

Book coverThe Cloud of Unknowing with the Book of Privy Counsel: A New Translation by Carmen Acevedo Butcher

What makes Carmen’s translation of this classic of Christian mysticism stand out from the others is that she puts it in a modern voice that aims to be the equivalent of the original Middle English: the simple and intimate instructions of a spiritual elder (or possibly an eldress—the author is anonymous) to a disciple on approaching the knowledge-beyond-knowledge. Most other translations miss the intimacy and accessibility. And Carmen’s explanations of her carefully considered word choices make her notes themselves a pretty interesting read.

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