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The Red Book (Philemon) 1st Edition
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The Red Book is not "personal" as we use that word now. It is "personal" in the sense that it details one individual's very unique experience of coming into relationship with what Jung termed the Self, and in prior times was referred to as God, but it is at the same time very impersonal, and actually universal, in cataloguing the drama inherent in any person's formation of that relationship. The book is at home with The Odyssey, The Divine Comedy, Goethe's Faust, and, as much as anything, The Red Book is Jung's response to Thus Spoke Zarathustra and to Nietzsche's proposition that for modern man, God is dead. The response is that God is neither dead nor to be found in outer religious, national or political containers, but is to be discovered and struggled with in the living of each individual life.Read more ›
But instead of adding to the many praises of the Red Book, let me comment on the editorial work that accompanies Jung's text.
Sonu Shamdasani's Introduction is undoubtedly the best available biography of Jung, though focused in context on the critical central years of Jung's life. Shamdasani is a remarkable scholar, and he has spent over 13 years with the primary documents -- material never before made available to a scholar, documents including Jung's seven Black Book journals, the various draft manuscripts of the Red Book, Jung's own dream books and letters from the period, the amazing contemporary diary of Cary F. Baynes, and innumerable other previously unpublished (and largely unknown) primary sources. After Shamdasani's work, all previous biographical evaluations of this period are irrelevant. No researcher previously had access to the basic and extensive source material upon which a biography must be founded, and thus much of what was written in past decades was either pure speculation or blatant perfidy.
BUT, you ask, why is it not in stock for shipment??
Because the publisher, Norton, was uncertain if this huge and expensive book would sell. The first printing was for only 5,000 copies! To the publisher's surprise, these sold out in pre-publication orders two months before the official release date of Oct 7, 2009. This is not an easy book to print, or reprint. Printing is done in Italy on over-sized museum quality papers, with superb binding. Unlike the average hard-cover book, ordering up another ten thousand copies of a book like this is not a simple matter.Read more ›
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Like many who attempt to understand human psychology, Jung was psychologically complex. A scientist would do well to study this book along with "A Most Dangerous Method"... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Frank
I love this book! It is gigantic and sits on my coffee table. It is one of those things that I go to again and again to look at the paintings that Jung did. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Megan Nogueiro
For anyone wishing to understand the foundation work which led to Jungian therapy, this book is a must read. It is sure to alter every reality you have ever assumed as truth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by breakey
This is a massive book in size. It's a two hander that gives you the feeling of holding an illuminated manuscript. It's beautiful as a book above and beyond its content. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TheHappyGentleman
Everyone in the family who has read this book finds it fascinating. Ironically, before I'd given it to the person for whom I purchased it, Amazon offered to buy it back. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Valerie Richards
Well it may take me a lifetime to absorb all that is here! The copies of the original text with the drawings are exquisite! The translations are well done!Published 3 months ago by Ellen L. Overaa
A must have for everyone who's interested in psychology, religion or art.Published 4 months ago by Maarten Van der Auwera