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Red Book, The [Hardcover]

C G Jung , Sonu Shamdasani
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Book Description

Oct. 13 2009 Philemon (Book 1)
When Carl Jung embarked on the extended self-exploration he called his 'confrontation with the unconscious', the heart of it was "The Red Book", a large, illuminated volume he created between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed his principal theories - of the archetypes, the collective unconscious and the process of individuation - that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick into a means for higher development of the personality. While Jung considered "The Red Book" to be his most important work, only a handful of people have ever seen it. Now, in a complete facsimile and translation, it is available to scholars and the general public. It is an astonishing example of calligraphy and art on a par with "The Book of Kells" and the illuminated manuscripts of William Blake. The publication of "The Red Book" is a watershed that will cast new light on the making of modern psychology.

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This is a volume that will be treasured by the confirmed Jungian or by admirers of beautifully made books or by those with a taste for philosophical allegory. --Michael Dirda"

About the Author

Sonu Shamdasani, a pre-eminent Jung historian, is the Reader in Jung History at Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging Nov. 19 2009
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The Red Book is a magnificently crafted representation of a brilliant man's courageous & cunning voyage into his own soul, more-or-less unconsciously following the classic Shaman's Journey. Jung avoids self-indulgence & madness by relentlessly challenging the interests of his ego at every point; the reader is obliquely invited to the same challenge, with less of the risks of the Journey itself.

But it is also a dangerous journey. Any retreat from the most rigorous mental discipline leads to deceit, delusion & loss of Ego too. Readers who approach the book without mental discipline & real honesty can be deceived by the forms & promises of its images, & misapply it to deadly effect. The danger arises from the power of its images & analysis, a power which Jung found as the driving & illuminating engine of his therapeutic career. Like anything powerful, it will destroy if it is misguided (cf. the Fundamentalist approach to the Apocalypse); do not be surprised if it generates cults.

Jung was always a brilliant academic writer, obscure only insofar as he wished to drive his readers through (& beyond) his own process. I had not imagined that he was also so capable as a dramatic writer & graphic artist, lest alone the superb layout & calligraphic skills the book reveals. The book is manifestly a labour of great love - not for himself, but for the soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jung's Red Book Sept. 2 2010
Carl Jung's "Red Book" is a collector's item for any Jung enthusiast. It is an astounding collection of his intricate art work and reflections from his unconscious mind. The reproductions of his mandalas and paintings are in superb colour and the book also reproduces his original written entries in German. It has the English translation and a contextual essay by Jung scholar Sonu Shamdasani. The book is a massive A3 size - quite beyond my expectations!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All I expected and more Jan. 22 2014
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This book is an absolute necessity in any Jung lovers collection. When it arrived the size of the box blew me away, this is by no means a book you can put in your pocket or carry around with you for some light reading on the bus (or fit on most bookshelves for that matter..), it is one you basically have to keep out in the open, on a coffee table or something, but be ready to answer everyone's question "What IS that...?" when they come visit your abode. This book was worth every penny and I would even purchase a second copy just to have one I could kind of get worked-in and well loved and one just to keep pristine out of respect of it's awe-inspiringness. The pages are just beautifully glossy and thick (Oh the pages...)and it is extremely well-bound. If you are a fan of well made books this one will be a perfect addition to your collection.

For the Jung fans, this is a must have. If you're just getting into Jung I would purchase it anyways. The book includes an introduction to Jung and gives you a bit of a backstory if you had no idea what you were doing when you bought this book or you decided you wanted to get right into Jung full right away. Its very well written and contains a lot of good information and it's quite a few pages long. The book includes Jung's original manuscript which honestly I would pay the $200.00 for even without translation; it's THAT breathtaking. The magnificence of his paintings and calligraphy work will put you in a daze. The colours, the symbols, the precision and time it must have took... I could go on forever about how beautiful it is. I have yet to get through the whole book, it's not the kind of thing you can read in a night. If you really want an insight into what the universal mind looks like this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great! Jan. 3 2014
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so much to delve into with this book. Its incredible. A rich source of imagery of the unconscious. so expensive, so big, so full. what a gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars purchased as a gift Dec 6 2013
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larger than I expected but my artist daughter requested it for xmas,received it quickly,happy with it.hope she enjos it as well.
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