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175 pages (March 2004); 5.0MB downloadInsomniac Press
; ISBN: 9781897414200
The Insomniac Library is proud to reissue Gwendolyn MacEwen's first novel, more than forty years after its original appearance in 1963. MacEwen described what she set out to achieve as a sort of powerful poetic mad half-abandoned prose somewhere between [Kenneth] Patchen and Virginia Woolf. Set in a medieval past that has distinctly modern overtones, the novel is about Julian, a young man who believes he is Christ. Wandering the countryside in a horse-drawn wagon, Julian learns to suspend logic like a whale on a thread. He becomes a master of alchemy, performing miracles like curing the mad and changing water into wine. When his rapt audiences begins to lose faith, Julian must pay with his life.