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MYSTICAL AND VISIONARY FICTION (Iowa City)

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MYSTICAL and VISIONARY FICTION

These are highly symbolic--often strange and grotesque--stories that take the form of initiation rites, or spiritual quests, or struggles between aspects of the psyche/soul.

Not all titles are pictured here. pb = paperback; hb = hardback
If you see the book listed, it's still available--no need to ask. Adding books from time to time--so stop back

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$15 minimum purchase, please. Cash only.

-- The Ramayana: Shortened Modern Prose Version...Suggested by Tamil Version of Kamban. pb $5 [Rama struggles with demons to retrieve his abducted wife]

Aidinoff, Elsie V. The Garden. pb $4 [Feminist retelling of Eden story: the Serpent is your friend]

Buber. The Tales of Rabbi Nachman. pb $12 [famous philosopher's retelling of Hasidic parables]

Bulgakov, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita. hb $30 [the devil in atheistic Soviet Russia; revised Glenny translation; 0 copies on Amazon, $50-$100 on Abe Books]

Bulgakov, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita. pb $12 [Ginsburg translation--1st ed; 0 copies on Amazon, $30 on Thrift]

Calvino, Italo. The Castle of Crossed Destinies. pb $7 ($14 cover price) [Uses Tarot imagery to meditate on the construction of meaning]

Carter, Angela. Heroes and Villains. paperback $4 [Post-apocalyptic tale]

Carter, Angela. Nights at the Circus. paperback $5 [postmodern/magical-realist fairy tale]

Carter, Angela. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories $7 [Feminist body-horror]

Castaneda. Journey to Ixtlan. pb $5 [Third in the famous series of books about apprenticeship with a mage]

Castaneda. The Second Ring of Power. hb $8 [struggle with sorceress--perhaps the weirdest of all C's books]

Castaneda The Teachings of Don Juan/A Separate Reality/Journey to Ixtlan/Tales of Power boxed set of 4 pbs $20

Davies, Robertson. High Spirits: A Collection of Ghost Stories. paperback $5 ($12.95 cover price)

De Quincey Confessions of English Opium Eater and Other Writings pb $5

Eco. Foucault's Pendulum. pb $6 [labyrinthine search provides virtual encyclopedia of esoteric metaphysical tradition]

France. At the Sign of the Reine Pedauque hb $25 [if Rabelais had written an occult novel; Pape illustrations;
1st illustrated edition 1922—internet prices range from $51-$209]

Fortune Moon Magic pb $5

Gaiman. Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders. pb $7 ($14.95 cover price)

Goethe. Faust. pb $5 [dissatisfied seeker makes pact with devil]

Grimm, Jacob/Wilhelm. Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales. pb $7 [Best 1-volume collection; commentary by great mythographer Joseph Campbell]

Haich. Initiation. pb $5 [autobiographical novel about past life as Egyptian priestess]

Hoffmann, E.T.A. The Best Tales. paperback $5 [Masterpieces of the uncanny by the “German Poe”]

Hoffmann, E.T.A. Selected Writings, 2 vols: The Tales/Novel: Kater Murr hardback in slipcase w gorgeous color illustrations $15 [copies in slipcase are $40 and up on Amazon]

James, M.R. The Collected Ghost Stories of M.R. James hardback $6 [generally acknowledged the greatest writer in this genre]

Jarry. Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician. new, unread pb $9 [Surrealist parables about "laws governing exceptions...and the science of imaginary solutions"]

Kafka. The Metamorphosis. pb $5 [Man awakens to find himself a beetle]

Kafka The Castle. hb $7 [Man attempts to access the remote powers that govern a village]

Kazantzakis. The Last Temptation of Christ. pb $5 [controversial reimagining of Christ by winner of Nobel Prize for Literature]

Lowry. Under the Volcano. pb $7 [Mescal-fueled, hellish visions suffused with kabbalistical symbolism]

Melville. Moby Dick: Norton Critical Edition. pb $7 [everybody’s heard of it, but how many have actually read it?]

Murakami. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. pb $5 ($15 cover price) [Postmodernist quest for wife and cat]

Oates The Accursed. pb $5 ($15.99 cover price) [Spirit-possession derived from sin of Plantation South]

Pullman. The Subtle Knife. pb $5 [mystic adventures in parallel universe]

Roberts. The Further Education of Oversoul Seven. 1st edition hb $6 [by author of the Seth books that record her channeling of "discarnate entity"]

Schwartz (editor). Gates to the City: A Treasury of Modern Jewish Tales . pb $6 [815-page compilation of mystical tales]

Shah. Exploits of Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin. paperback $5 [Classic Sufi spiritual parables]

Singer. The Collected Stories. hb $8 [tales of imps and demons by winner of Nobel Prize for Literature]

Stoker/Wolfe The Annotated Dracula. oversized hb $25 [copious fascinating notes & images—some by Satty]

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