Snowy Tower


The Mythteller trilogy, vol. 2

Foreword by Coleman Barks.

In Snowy Tower Shaw gives a highly original telling of the grail epic Parzival. Dr Shaw claims the story as a great trickster tale of medieval Europe, offering a commentary that ranges from climate change to the notion of soul, erotic consciousness, what he calls “the hallucination of empire”, and a revisioning of the speech of the ancient bards.

A daring work, Snowy Tower is the second in Shaw’s the Mythteller trilogy. It offers a connection to “the genius of the margins”; that the big questions of today will not be met by big answers but by a myriad of mythic associations. After the eclecticism of A Branch from the Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower is deepened by one central narrative.


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Paperback. Cista Mystica Press, Devon, England.

Praise for Snowy Tower

“Martin Shaw’s a conjurer, a thirteenth-century troubadour dropped into our midst. Snowy Tower animates a tale from a far-off place and far-off time into vibrant, immediate life. He breathes into his characters a beating pulse, agile speech, and bedazzling with. Catch him any way you can.” –Eric Utne, founder of The Utne Reader

“Martin Shaw has hung around a great deal in the Otherworld. There is woodsmoke and fox fur in his thinking, and a wild mix of courage, stories and troubling ideas – Snowy Tower is a kind of outlaw language.” –Robert Bly, author of Iron John


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Weight .538 kg
Dimensions 23 × 15.5 × 2 cm


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