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Madwoman of the Sacred Heart

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Madwoman of the Sacred Heart by Alexandro Jodorowsky and Jean Moebius Giraud.

Alexandro Jodorowsky Jean Moebius Giraud Madwoman of the Sacred Heart

An intellectually self-absorbed, incontinent university professor serves as the protagonist in this mystical adventure with themes of messianic apocalypse, and eventually psychedelic initiation. Supernatural elements are introduced very gradually, and at first it is easy for the reader to join Professor Mangel in dismissing them. There’s a lot of sex, as Mangel struggles with the reintegration of his carnal consciousness, and his companions foster the revolutionary cult of the god-goddess Jesusa. As Jodorowsky often does in other stories, such as his Incal tales, the skeptical ignorance of the protagonist drives much of the plot and its tension.

This collection makes for a good, self-contained read. It should be avoided by those who don’t appreciate explicit sex, mystical blasphemy, or controversial politics. [via]

 

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