9781620557334

Mirror of the Marvelous

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  • ISBN13:

    9781620557334

  • ISBN10:

    1620557339

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-04-10
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions

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Summary

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, Chrétien de Troyes, and Arthur Rimbaud; legends and folktales from around the world; classics from Ovid, Plato, and Apuleius; Masonic ritual texts, Mesopotamia’s Epic of Gilgamesh, the Popol-Vuh, Lewis Caroll’s Alice through the Looking Glass, Solomon’s Song of Songs, and Goethe’s 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 Anaïs 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, Chrétien 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, Mesopotamia’s Epic of Gilgamesh, the Popol-Vuh, Lewis Caroll’s Alice through the Looking Glass, Solomon’s Song of Songs, and selections from Goethe’s Faust.

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

Author Biography

Pierre Mabille (1904-1952) was a doctor, writer, and editorial director of the famous art review Minotaure. Working as a surgeon in the Caribbean during World War II he was appointed French Cultural Attaché to Haiti at the war’s end and helped establish the Haitian Bureau of Ethnology. Mabille is one of the most important writers to have participated in the surrealist movement, advancing surrealist concerns into the areas of medicine, hermetic traditions, and social structures. His major works include La construction de l’Homme, Thérèse de Lisieux, Égrégores ou la vie des civilisations, and Conscience Pictoral, Conscience Lumineuese.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Drawbridges, by André Breton

Introduction

Creation

The Destruction of the World

Crossing Through the Elements

Crossing Through Death

The Marvelous Voyage

Predestination

In Quest of the Grail

Index of Book References

Index

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