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The Woman Without A Face
THE WOMAN WITHOUT A FACE
Vostok Books (London), May 2008
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
This book was written as a contribution to a renewal of spirituality after the author had his own spiritual vision of a faceless woman. The story starts in Israel, after the raising of Lazarus, and by following a logical sequence of events, leads to the rehabilitation of Judas. It is in the Rabbinic Tribunal, following a long dialogue, that various problems of betrayal are presented. The comments of Theresa on this subject are part of the argument. The doctrine of reincarnation was present in the early church, and is the basis of this story. Arguments are taken from Theresa, who could not openly admit this doctrine (it was heretic) though she made allusive remarks about it. There follows a comparison of the Gospel according to mary magdalene with the views presented by Theresa.
Excerpt From THE WOMAN WITHOUT A FACE
One day, during the first week of October 1977 (?), while in his office in Geneva, the author did a special breathing exercise (an Indian one, called Hong-Sau which is supposed to calm the heart). After one hour, feeling very calm but not otherwise affected, he opened his eyes. He was facing a window, and it was then that he had a strange vision: he saw a woman, dressed in old-fashioned clothing, with her head leaning deep towards the left, but without a face, whose image filled the whole sky. His immediate reaction, once the vision had faded away, was disappointment: why no face? He thought about this for two or three days but without coming to any conclusion as to what the vision could mean.
Then a call came from London: it was from his boss, who needed him to bring some urgent documents. He had a pleasant trip to London, with everything going smoothly except for a delay in departure at Geneva airport - and even then, during the one-hour wait, passengers received a first-class meal with wine, which the author enjoyed very much. He was sitting alone, but then an old man at the next table spoke to him and they got into a conversation together. Upon learning that the author was Hungarian, this man - who was a retired journalist - talked about that country and the artists he knew there. Opposite them was sitting a very attractive young woman, who turned out to be Hungarian too. She was from Lausanne, and her name was Theresa. They were sitting on the plane together. This made the trip very pleasant for him, as usually he never met anyone on such occasions, and there were two other Hungarians just next to them as well.
In London he did not have much to do in the office. On the second day he had lunch in an Italian restaurant in Curzon Street. It was full up, and someone asked if he could sit at his table. That man turned out to be from Sothebys, the auctioneers, and so they were able to talk together about art and paintings. (It was then that the author suggested that Sothebys should have a subsidiary in Geneva and, indeed, the move was made one month later.) The man urged the author to visit the National Gallery and so, as he had time, he hired a taxi and went there right away. There he took his time, passing from one priceless masterpiece to another. In one room he was struck by a portrait which seemed to be somehow familiar, but he could not immediately work out why. So he moved on and then, stopping to contemplate Christ before his Judges he suddenly realized why and hurrying back, saw that this was indeed the woman he had seen in his office in Geneva, in old-fashioned clothes, with her head leaning towards the left - but now with a face! Checking the name he discovered that this was a painting by Savoldo (1450?) of Mary Magdalene. There was no more time to think about that, for he had to catch the plane. Once back in Geneva, however, he began to unravel the mystery, remembering that about a year before he had come across, in a bookshop, the Confessions of St. Theresa of Avila, thought about buying the book, but hesitated to do so. The next day, when he went back, having made up his mind to buy it, it had already been sold. He looked in many other bookshops before he finally found a copy. This took all of Friday and Saturday morning. He then went to have lunch in a restaurant and, when he saw the menu, he could hardly believe his eyes: an offer was a dish called roast chicken a la Ste. Therese (he had eaten in many restaurants in his life but had never come across such a dish before.) Later on, reading a book about St. Theresa and her life, he learnt that she enjoyed cooking good meals when she visited her uncle at his home in the country. After the author had read her Confessions and the story of her life and seen pictures of the saint, he was unhappy and dissatisfied because, in his own mind, he saw her in quite a different light. It had been said that she was very pretty: an attractive, even sexy woman. However, the person painted by Savoldo was Mary Magdalene and not St. Theresa!
T.J. Szudarovits BioTibor Szudarovits
is a retired academic living in Geneva, Switzerland. He has written several books with combined historical, ecclesiastical and spiritual themes. He is tri-lingual in Hebrew, German and English.
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The Woman Without A Face
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Vostok Books (London), May 2008
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