KING SOLOMON'S SEAL Recreates Fables and Fairytales From Antiquity
Fables are a fundamental form of narration from before the time of writing, meant for humor, pathos, tragic emotions and imparting fundamental concepts about living life. Author Jascha Kessler has had a lifelong interest in folklore and fairytales, and with his latest work, presents a collection derived from legends and lore meant for grownups, a treasure trove of tales bearing King Solomon's Seal.
Upon the Carpathian Mountains, between the years 1745-1815, the commencement of the European Enlightenment, is a small house of study perched on the Fatra Range. There, a hermetic teacher passes on his wisdom, sharing his tales and stories. They are collected into more than 63 pieces, some short, some long, each a story, several containing stories within stories. The materials are diverse in nature, suggestion and purpose, although the reader may and should assume that the works are meant for modern man, even if the language by which the tales are told is a pasticcio of assumed translation into English from some other language, one that relates perhaps to whatever may have been the Yiddish vernacular of those lost times in that faraway place.
Some two or three of its fables have appeared in print, but most of them are new and original, although coming from the ages of antiquity. In perusing them, readers will feel the pleasure of reading meaningful fables and thinking about the basic notions necessary for a sane life. In these discourses, the tone becomes sardonic, humorous, tender, satiric, and attempts something like the roots of civility and civilization, contrasting with the naturally-born savagery of the human species.
King Solomon's Seal is playful and mock-serious at once. It is meant to entertain, and is a "literary" work, consisting of pseudo-fairy tales, pseudo-folk materials, legends and the like, which will surely garner the attention of readers with an interest in ancient literature and culture.