Considered almost impenetrable by the novel's original editor, Muriel Spark, "Goose of Hermogenes" has since acquired a legendary status as a work of surrealist and esoteric fiction. Illustrated with Ithell Colquhoun's beautiful alchemical paintings, this new edition can be fully appreciated for its intoxicating strangeness.
Ithell Colquhoun was a leading British surrealist artist and writer whose love of the esoteric and the occult had a profound influence on her work. No where is this more apparent than in the weird and wonderful alchemical novel "Goose of Hermogenes".An unnamed woman must escape her uncle's island when his sinister attentions fall upon an heirloom - a priceless jewel in her possession - that may help in his tireless efforts to conquer death.Gothic, erotic and dreamlike, "Goose of Hermogenes" is a dizzying work of surrealist imagination. This new edition features five of Colquhoun's watercolour paintings originally painted to illustrate the novel. However one wants to approach this obscure tale, it remains today as vividly unforgettable and disturbing as when it was first published by Peter Owen in 1961.