Arrive at Easterwine

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Arrive at Easterwine: The Autobiography of a Ktistec Machine by R A Lafferty.

R A Lafferty Arrive at Easterwine

I have read several of Lafferty’s novels. This one is one of the most opaque, and that’s saying something. The speaker-protagonist of this novel, Epistektes, is a machine created by and from the members of the Institute for Impure Science. Both the machine and the Institute figure in a number of Lafferty’s short stories, but this novel gives them a lot of room to play.

There seem to be obscure autobiographical elements for Lafferty in several of the characters, and I suspect the rambling, poetic and philosophical book of being an allegorical form of introspection. Still, it’s a fun tale eventuating in the discovery of the shape of the universe. It often sports with Christian myth in tantalizing ways, and it has a sort of Fortean jollity that I found enchanting. [via]