IKT TAKES A THIEF
A novel. 561 pp. 2018. Matador. Leicestershire. www.troubador.co.uk. ISBN 978 1789013 894
A Post Post-Modernist novel, grounded in the felt reality of experience, it explores unconditional love, art as self-insight and the wonder of nature - to suggest consciousness as the origin of existence, but it also outlines the necessity of empathy and the struggle for survival within sustainable means in a consumer society intent on self-destruction.
Ralph, a painter of nature and illusions, has a clear enough glimpse of a thief who wakes him to fall in love with her as he recognises her innate independence. After a strenuous search he finds her but she assaults him viciously the instant they meet. Discovering that she has killed a man during a burglary he leaves her with no choice but to listen to his arguments about how they were fated to meet, and to prove his integrity he becomes her accomplice, and she realises that his absolute commitment makes her reciprocate his feelings spontaneously.
Ivo Mosley: (Review on Amazon): 5 stars. Enjoyable, absorbing, challenging
This is a really interesting book, challenging our preconception about life and the human world. There is a deep morality to both of the main characters, not of the conventional sort, but concerning how to survive in a world that has given itself over to mendacity, hypocrisy and false values on a colossal scale. IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m sure there is no other novel quite like this, and if you want to read something challenging, unusual and yet a page-turner here it is.
SPELLS OF DUSK AND DAWN
Spells of Dusk and Dawn was written to evoke the ineffable nature of felt reality. The main themes are the perennial quest for serenity and independence as opposed to desire, love and the joy of the senses; the dire trials of writing; the lightning of wonder when seeing and hearing, as if for the first time, the leaves, the surf and the silence that is pithy with meaning. Combining a first and a third person point of view it traces the hazards of a year in the life of a traveller who has lost his way, but who tries to stay attuned to the changing seasons though torn to shreds by love.
Characteristics of Spells of Dusk and Dawn
Wonder, introspection; stilling of the stream of consciousness; poetic-scientific metaphors; unmitigated perception of reality; communion with plants and animals; the thirst for thirstlessness; the power of unconditional love; the illusion of free will; the fight against feeling weary of the secular world; the saving grace of women; music as the supreme art; Rabelaisian accidents; the uncanny knowledge that each second is new and unique; endeavours to step out of the shadow of time; the search for the right word to indicate a suggestion; a negative capability; spontaneous courtesy; near-drowning revelations; the burden of having a personality; the awareness of absolute responsibility for everything: that ethics and aesthetics are two sides of the same leaf; living beyond politics, religion and opinions; the moods of the wind, the birds, the waves; bitter-sweet fights of love; tests of courage; the lure of the objective correlative; the delight of wine and water; the quest for nakedness beneath the stars; shipwrecks caused by hybris; the passion for creativity as a vain attempt to give a little back of what has been granted by life, though knowing that the attempt will fail, as the fight for a possible future will fail as the fight did before the Hot Gates, and that silence is most noble till the end.
Having tried repeatedly to extricate himself from a devastating relationship with GeneviÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¨ve, a charming but fickle woman, and anxious to reach a state of serenity, William finally leaves her to live alone in an old dilapidated house by the sea and devote himself to music, sailing and astronomy - in communion with nature and the change of the seasons; but his distraught state of mind prevents him from coping with the intricacy of mundane transactions. However, this predicament is solved when he is introduced to Dorothy, a carefree and vigorous woman who, wanting to indulge her passions for riding and swimming, promises to shield him from all practical problems till he can fend for himself again; but in spite of his firm resolution and craving for peace of mind he feels strangely attracted to her. So fearing that his attempt to escape all worldly ties again will flounder he tries in desperation to quench a wildfire with a circumscribed fire by winning the affection of Jane, hoping that she, being compassionate and conscientious, might shelter him till his infatuation has subsided; but after an initial period of mutual devotion he happens, consciously and unconsciously, to give her a good reason for leaving him, and he has then no other option but to confront the inevitable. Too indecisive to flee he fights his inclination, while Dorothy, being susceptible to his estranged feelings, which she steadily inspires, becomes eager and frustrated enough to take the initiative. As his feelings for her then become manifested in action he has to accept the reality, and this ignites a deepening mutual animation. The consummate nature of loving suggests that consciousness as such is a fundamental unity without characteristics; but one or two epiphanies are not enough to transcend the urge of desire, so he sinks back into her embrace, and their mutual affinity increases with a deepening sense of harmony, but his longing for serenity and hers for love and steadfast attention appear to be irreconcilable and after a shipwreck, caused by a quarrel, he feels forced to leave her, but instantaneously he feels the double bond between them strengthen to a point where he is pulled back and together they reach a new state of genuine communion; nevertheless, he leaves her again for the freedom of the jungle although expecting her to join him shortly and thus perhaps to obtain the conjunction of opposites; so the anagnorisis merely results in a similar though not identical situation, suspended between earth and heaven, as that from which he tried to escape a year ago. Free will is a cherished illusion; character determines fate and love is not easily reconciled with the lonely quest for the numinous.
THE ART OF SANSKRIT POETRY
An Introduction to Language and Poetics Illustrated by Rasa, Dhvani and Alankara Analyses XXX, 833 pp. Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, New Delhi, 2003. ISBN 9788121510790
Preface. The Sanskrit Language. Sanskrit Poetry and Western Poetry. Grammar. Prolegomena to Sanskrit Poetics. Alankara examples. Semasiology of denotation/abhidha, connotation/laksana, and purport/ tatparyam. Dhvani/suggestion and categories, Rasa/aesthetic perception and emotion/bhava, Aesthetic perception of love/srngararasa, sympathy/karunarasa, bliss/santarasa. Creative imagination/pratibha. Dhvani and rasa examples. Prosody. Basic Grammar. Sandhi, Morphology. Co-ordinative, dependent, descriptive and possessive compounds. Syntax. Caurapancasika text, translation, analysis, poetics, notes on religion, customs, history, flora and fauna. Etymological vocabulary. Distribution of lemmata. Bibliography. Index of Sanskrit first lines. General Consolidated Index. Epilogue.
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I was born in Denmark, and have lived in Europe, the Middle, the Far East and America, sailed the seas, synthesised psilocybin and mescaline, struggled on the barricades, transformed four acres of barren farmland to a biological diversity refuge with 60 species of birds, 170 species of plants, 26 species of butterflies; and written articles in journals such as Asian Philosophy, Zeitschrift der Deutschen MorgenlÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¤ndischen Gesellschaft, Journal of Indo-European Studies, Mind and Matter, about consciousness research, Indo-European linguistics, and comparative aesthetics, a monograph The Art of Sanskrit Poetry, (2003), and a novel It Takes a Thief (2018). A book of Aphorisms is due in spring 2022 (at an Independent Publisher).