SNOWY TOWER: PARZIVAL AND THE WET BLACK BRANCH OF LANGUAGE

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“The story of Parzival says that there is a lion in us: a lion who opens its vast jaw to the feasts of court, the tangles of the forest floor, the intrigues of culture, the thin road of the pilgrim. It has spirit-appetite. This lion is independent; willful, focused, sometimes harsh—it cannot be bought. It longs to wrestle with God. The lion consumes emptiness and space with just the same vigor as it settles on fresh meat. Rumi’s lion is in the business of saying no. It will eat desert and tundra, experience all kinds of heavy weather, but will not shoulder the trite, facile, or domestic. This energy does not get fed by much of what we see around us.”

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The Mythteller trilogy, vol. 2

Foreword by Coleman Barks.

In Snowy Tower Shaw gives a highly original telling of the grail epic Parzival. Dr Shaw claims the story as a great trickster tale of medieval Europe, offering a commentary that ranges from climate change to the notion of soul, erotic consciousness, what he calls “the hallucination of empire”, and a revisioning of the speech of the ancient bards.

A daring work, Snowy Tower is the second in Shaw’s the Mythteller trilogy. It offers a connection to “the genius of the margins”; that the big questions of today will not be met by big answers but by a myriad of mythic associations. After the eclecticism of A Branch from the Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower is deepened by one central narrative.

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