//The Philosophy of Wine

The Philosophy of Wine

1990 Ft

Previous editions of Béla Hamvas’s A bor filozófiája (written in 1945), including those in Hungarian, omitted some material that has been restored in this translation, making it the first complete edition of the work in any language.

A new translation of a unique and much-loved book by the philosopher and writer Béla Hamvas, only the second of his works to be available in English. „The Philosophy of Wine” is an apologia for the rare, solemn moments of life, of ease, of play, and self-forgetful serenity.



I. Tree – The Metaphysics of Wine – The World of the Mouth – Hi- eratic Masks – A Glass of Wine: Atheism’s death leap – Eschatological Excursus – Oils – An Epilogue to the Metaphysics (Apologia) – II. Wine as Nature – Wine and Idyll – Grapes, Wine, Precious Stones, Women – A Wine Catalogue (Outline) – III. The Art of the Wine Ceremony – Mouth Harmonies – When to Drink and When Not? – How to Drink? – Where to Drink? – Res Fortissima (For Pietists and Puritans) – Vita Illu- minativa ( The Final Prayer).


Wine peoples live not in the world of historical ambitions but in those of the golden age. Such behaviour is the consequence of the idyll-oil, one of the most vital elements in wine. Wine countries and wine regions are all idyllic. Just take a walk in the vineyards of Arács and Csopak, go up into the hills of Badacsony or Szent György, or especially Somló, take a stroll around the vineyards of Kiskőrös and Csengőd, and you are sure to experience this. The soft grassy paths between the vine-stocks ow gently like peaceful brooks. A giant walnut tree before the entrance to the wine cellars o ers its cool shade even in the hottest of summers. These are places you can stop whenever you choose, sit down, take your ease, and say: here I will stay. And perhaps, even without noticing it, this is where death will catch up with you.

Medio Kiadó