A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS. With a Note by E.H. Visiak.
Price: $40.00 USD
Place Published: London
Publisher: London: Victor Gollancz Ltd.
Date Published: 1946.
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 309711
Octavo, original blue cloth titled in gilt on spine panel. 248 pp. Originally issued by Methuen in 1920, this is the first reprinting of this work. Issued in Gollancz's "The Connoisseur's Library of Strange Fiction" series, with a new Introduction by E.H. Visiak. Spine and edges of covers faded, a very good copy.
¶ "A classic allegorical romance in which the landscapes and inhabitants of the planet Tormance provide an externalization of the moral and metaphysical questions that preoccupied the author. Its incarnate theological system influenced Lewis's OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET (1938), and it also bears some similarity to George Macdonald's LILITH (1895 ), although it is very much a work sui generis." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 2-72. "Powerful, stark as the wild dream landscape of Arcturus it so beautifully describes, it makes a tremendous impression on the mind" - Evening News. A Voyage to Arcturus has been described as the major "underground" novel of the 20th century. The secret of Lindsay's apparent strangeness as a novelist lies in his metaphysical assumptions. Like the gnostics he seems to have viewed the "real" world as an illusion, which must be rejected in order to perceive genuine "truth". Lindsay's austere vision of "true reality" seems to have been influenced by Scandinavian mythology. After being out of print for many decades , Lindsay's work has become increasingly available, and he is now seen as being perhaps the major Scottish fantasist of the 20th century, the missing link between George Macdonald, and more modern writers such as Alasdair Gray who have also used surrealism and magic realism in their work. " The book is not allegory but vision. Lindsay's imagery, often drawn from music, is burning and impressive. He uses words violently and cares nothing for grace.... But what emerges after sympathetic reading is... a sense of the remarkable profundity and coherence of the vision. The message is uncompromising in its purity, The achievement of the book exactly balances the ambition of its intention. This, surely, is rare." - London Times.