Lamekis, or The Extraordinary Voyages Of An Egyptian In The Inner Earth With The Discovery Of Sylphides' Island

( French - Lamékis, ou Les Voyages Extraordinaires d'un Égyptien dans la Terre Intérieure avec la Découverte de l'Île des Sylphides - 1735-38 )

novel by Charles de Fieux, Chevalier de Mouhy

translated by Michael Shreve

Published: Black Coat Press - trade paperback - 2011 ( French Science Fiction no.51 )
ISBN: 1612270034 / 9781612270036

Black Coat Press ( Barnes & Noble ) - Nook - 2012
eISBN: 2940013896628

Black Coat Press ( Amazon ) - Kindle - 2012

Introduction - essay by Michael Shreve.
Afterword - excerpt from Peter Fitting's Subterranean Worlds

A novel of the life and times of Lamékis, the son of a High Priest of Ancient Egypt. It deals with themes of friendship, unrequited love, murderous jealousy, violent power struggles, the quest for immortality and the cosmogonic vision of the universe with competing gods and levels of reality. Its settings include a subterranean world inhabited by a race of intelligent worm men, and the celestial Island of the Sylphs, where beings can ascend to the Heavens, all depicted with their strange cultures and alien languages.
The author himself appears in the narrative. He is rebuked for his poetic license, given secret messages, witnesses his unfinished novel as a series of bas-reliefs, is shown the inside of his mind, is invited to be initiated into the mysteries of the Sylphs, has the final part of his novel written for him by an invisible force, and falls foul of the royal censor.


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