About the author

Carlo Suarès was born in Alexandria in 1892. After the 1914-18 war he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and obtained a diploma in architecture. He began writing in 1927 and from then until 1939, while living partly in France and partly in Egypt, several of his books were published, including: La Nouvelle Création, La Comédie psychologique and Quoi Israël.


In 1940, being in Egypt and considering his career as a writer to be finished, he turned to painting for research into the composition of light, which he expressed by using turquoise blue and rose mauve as the basic colours of his palette. It took him fifteen years of intense work to master his new technique.


In 1945 Suarès started to write again, and among his more notable works are:

Krishnamurti et L’Unité humaine, Critique de la Raison impure, La Kabale des Kabales,
De quelques Apprentis-Sorciers, The Cipher of Genesis.

The latter work is a companion volume with The Song of Songs.


The title, The Song of Songs, is as much a riddle as its biblical title is an illusion and is emphatically not “of Solomon”. If this is only a poem of voluptuous love, why is it canonic?


For the first time since Aqivah proclaimed it in the first century of our era as “more holy than all the sacred scriptures”, Carlo Suarès has revealed its exalted secret by decoding the original cipher.


The Song of Songs is true on four different, interpenetrating levels. The reader is taken from realism to the symbolism of the Qabala and finally to a subtle and higher sphere, a wordless contemplation, that the brain alone cannot grasp.


Were it a lesser work, The Song of Songs would not have survived and it would not continue to be misunderstood. The text is something quite extraordinary, one might say sublime, because it is a

marvellous expression of the only real peace:

the immeasurable, universal movement in which the Beginning and the End are One.