ANGEL OF THE WEST WINDOW Gustav Meyrink
First published in 1927, this novel centres on the life of the Elizabethan magus John Dee. Past and present, dreams and visions, myth and reality interweave as we accompany Dee on his search for the truth. Though he has much knowledge, he lacks one crucial insight . Because of this lack we watch him become entangled ever more deeply in a web of delusion and disaster. He imagines his fervent prayers are answered by an angel of God, whereas in reality the response comes from an angel of darkness, a projection of everything that lives within him. Through this Angel of the West Window he is eventually ruined, so that he finally blames God for what he himself has created . To see how, after a long path of experience, Dee eventually finds his way out of this web to reach his ultimate goal, is what makes this book so exciting to read.
422pp, 124mm x 196mm, Paperback, 2010