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Fulcanelli - His True Identity Revealed Paperback – Import, 2006

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The alchemist Fulcanelli was the most famous adept of the 20th century, the man who achieved the Great Work less than 100 years ago, but his true identity has always been shrouded in myth and uninformed speculation...until now. Patrick Rivière reveals with profuse documentary evidence the true identity of the enigmatic and prestigious author of The Mystery of the Cathedrals and The Dwellings of the Philosophers. Beginning with an overview of French alchemical life at the turn of the 20th century, Rivière carefully builds his case step-by-step with facts, documents, and photographs, introducing us to the well-known physicist who was known as Fulcanelli. Rivière also demolishes the scurrilous hypotheses that suggest Fulcanelli never existed. Rivière is uniquely suited to solving this mystery as his teacher was Fulcanelli's sole student, Eugène Canseliet.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Red Pill Press (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897244215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897244210
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,569,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Switzer on November 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mr. Riviere has provided ample factual information in this book to justify his reasoning and claim that Jules Viole is actually the person who was known as Fulcanelli.

I think there can be no further doubt as to who he was. There are lots of other theories as to who he was, but none of them can claim the authenticity that the author amply elucidates here. While these other theorists try desperately to stretch the facts and often do their best to create a scenario which could fit those facts, they really do fall flat on their faces.

This reads like a good detective story, except that it is not fiction!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Johnno on January 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Frank Zappa had a guitar solo "But who was Fulcanelli?" which more often than not had listeners searching around to see who Fulcanelli was. From there they would find out that Fulcanelli was the pseudonym of a Parisian alchemist but the true identity was uncertain, such was the double meaning of Zappa's title.

There has been countless speculation in regard to the true identity of this enigmatic and well versed alchemist. Patrick Riviere, who can claim a direct lineage to Fulcanelli through his adeptship to Eugene Canseliet has spent many years trawling through Parisian libraries, archives and papers to convincingly reveal some light on the subject of the "little vulcan's"

life.

It's an excellent resource which also gives a good outline of the early 20th century Parisian scientific and alchemic community and their networking.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J.A.R. on October 29, 2007
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Anyone with even a basic understanding or interest of alchemy will enjoy this book, as is a prominent name in the field of alchemists. Patrick Riviere's research and close connections to Funcanelli, through Fucanelli's only student Eugene Canseliet, lends credence to his conclusions and also puts to bed all those who wish to lead us astray in determining who Fucanelli really was or is.
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