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Mirror of the Marvelous

The Surrealist Reimagining of Myth
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Inner Traditions
 | 
April, 2018
ISBN:
9781620557334
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$24.99 CAD
Publisher’s Description: 

A surrealist exploration of the marvelous in ancient, classic, and modern works from around the world

Long considered one of the most significant and original books to have come out of the surrealist movement

Reveals the marvelous in works from William Blake, Edgar Allen Poe, William Shakespeare, Chrtien de Troyes, and Arthur Rimbaud; legends and folktales from around the world; classics from Ovid, Plato, and Apuleius; Masonic ritual texts, Mesopotamias Epic of Gilgamesh, the Popol-Vuh, Lewis Carolls Alice through the Looking Glass, Solomons Song of Songs, and Goethes Faust

First published in French as Miroir du merveilleux in 1940, Mirror of the Marvelous has long been considered one of the most significant and original books to have come out of the surrealist movement and Anas Nin suggested it as a source of inspiration, far ahead of its time.

Drawing on sacred and modern texts that share a quality of the marvelous, Pierre Mabille defines the marvelous as the point at which inner and outer realities are joined and the individual is simultaneously one with himself and with the world, thus recovering the true sense of the sacred. He shows how the marvelous goes beyond simply being a synonym for the fantastic to engage the entire emotional realm. Mabille cites a far-reaching range of texts, from the classic to the obscure, from Egyptian myth to Voodoo initiation ceremonies, from the ancient epic to the modern poem, from the creation myth to more contemporary visions of apocalypse. He includes surrealist analyses of works from William Blake, Edgar Allen Poe, William Shakespeare, Chrtien de Troyes, and Arthur Rimbaud; legends and folktales from Egypt, Iceland, Mexico, Africa, India, and other cultures; classics from Ovid, Plato, and Apuleius; Masonic ritual texts, Mesopotamias Epic of Gilgamesh, the Popol-Vuh, Lewis Carolls Alice through the Looking Glass, Solomons Song of Songs, and selections from Goethes Faust.

Mirror of the Marvelous actively defines the flame of the marvelous by showing its presence in those works where it burns the brightest.

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