The Red Book: Liber Novus Hardcover – Oct 13 2009
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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 (Washington Post)
About the Author
Sonu Shamdasani is a preeminent Jung historian at University College London and the author of C. G. Jung: A Biography in Books. He lives in London.
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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.
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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this is an awesome book to read and think about. The paintings are very original and haunting.Published 23 days ago by Kenneth H. Brown
This book is beautiful. Much more than expected. The first half is a copy of the original in the original text and language with Dr. Jung's drawings. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2010 by Marc
If we start with Ernest Becker's comments in his book "The Denial of Death" regarding Otto Ranks thinking process, it seems he was kindly distressed by it. Read morePublished on June 8 2010 by John Clohosey