Posted on by Rick Wallach
The University of New Mexico Press will be publishing Petra Mundik’s excellent study of the presence of themes and imagery from mystery religions in Cormac McCarthy’s western novels and The Road, entitled A Blood and Barbarous God: the Metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy’s Later Novels, probably late in 2015 or early 2016. This is the complete, polished synthesis of her series of articles that ran in Southwestern American Literature a few years back (SWAL editor Mark Busby wrote an intro to the book), to which quite a few of us have had recourse in our own work.
Make a note of this title. It’s good to have the entire series of articles, plus Petra’s later emendations and additions, under one cover.
I’m looking to purchase this title by Mundik or the upcoming piece by Daniel King. All I have to go on is what I can dig up on Amazon. Mundik uses some big thinkers to discuss McCarthy. But, I’m sure Daniel King has had much more time than me to dig through the McCarthy Collection at Texas State. Could anyone give me some more background on either of these studies? I can’t buy both, so I’m being careful before I make a purchase.
I have to be neutral on which one to buy because I haven’t read Daniel’s book in its finished form but both are fine scholars and I have read Petra’s book. Flip a coin. You won’t go wrong either way.
A generous member will be sharing a copy of Petra’s book with me, so I am good for now. Thanks, Rick. By the way I’ve had both amazing seafood and vegan here in Sin City. Much better cuisine than East Bay. Really off topic, 30 for 30 on Doc and Strawberry is one of the best episodes of that highly irrelevant series…
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