Introducing Spiritus Mundi, a Novel by Robert Sheppard: Highlights
Introducing Spiritus Mundi, a Novel by Robert Sheppard
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I write to introduce to your attention my double novel Spiritus Mundi, consisting of Spiritus Mundi, the Novel—Book I, and Spiritus Mundi, the Romance—Book II. Book I’s espionage-terror-political-religious thriller-action criss-crosses the globe from Beijing to New York to London to Washington, Mexico City and Jerusalem presenting a vast panorama of the contemporary international world, including compelling action, deep and realistic characters and surreal adventures, while Book II dialates the setting and scope into a fantasy (though still rooted in the real) adventure where the protagonists embark on a quest to the realms of Middle Earth and its Crystal Bead Game and through a wormhole to the Council of the Immortals in the Amphitheater in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy in search of the crucial Silmaril Crystal, and to plead for the continuance of the human race in the face of threatened extinction from a nuclear World War III, all followed by a triple-somersault thriller ending in which a common garden-variety terrorist attack is first uncovered by MI6 and the CIA as the opening gambit a Greatpower Game of States threatening World War III and then, incredibly, as the nexus of a Time Travel conspiracy involving an attempt by fascist forces of the 23rd Century to alter a benign World History by a time-travelling raid on their past and our present to provoke that World War III, foiled by the heroic efforts of the democratic 23rd Century world government, the Senate of the United States of Earth, to hunt down the fascist interlopers before their history is irrevocably altered for evil.
When activist Robert Sartorius, leading a global campaign to create a European Parliament-style world-wide United Nations Parliamentary Assembly presses the proposal in New York on his old friend the UN Secretary-General and is rebuffed due to the hostile pressure of the conservative American administration, his Committee resolves to fight back by launching a celebrity-driven Bono-Geldof-Band Aid/Live 8-style “People Power” media campaign and telethon spearheaded by rock superstars Isis and Osiris and former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, allied with the early Occupy Wall Street people’s mobilization network, to mobilize global public support and pressure. The Blogs of Sartorius, activist Eva Strong and Committee Chairman Andreas Sarkozy reveal the campaign’s working struggle, their tangled love affairs, a loss of faith, attempted suicide, reconciliation of father and son after divorce, and recovery of personal love and faith.
Things fall apart as the idealists’ global crusade is infiltrated by a cell of jihadist terrorists using it as a cover, then counter-infiltrated by CIA agent Jack McKinsey and British MI6 agent Etienne Dearlove. A cat-and-mouse game of espionage and intrigue ensues pitting them against the Chinese MSS espionage network allied with the Iranian Quds Force crossing Beijing, London, Moscow, Washington and Jerusalem unleashing an uncontrollable series of events which sees the American Olympic Track and Field Team bombed on an airplane in London, uncovers a secret conspiracy of China, Russia and Iran to jointly seize the oil reserves of the Middle-East, and witnesses Presidents Clinton and Carter taken hostage with Sartorius, McKinsey, Eva and other activists at a Jerusalem telethon rally cut short by the explosion of a concealed atomic device in a loaned Chinese Terracotta Warrior, then flown by capturing terrorists to Qom, Iran as “human shields” to deter a retaliatory nuclear attack.
In Book II, Spiritus Mundi, the Romance they encounter Iran’s Supreme Leader in Qom as the world teeters on the brink of nuclear confrontation and World War III, while mysterious events unfold leading Sartorius and McKinsey from their captivity in the underground nuclear facilities of Qom into a hidden neo-mythic dimension that takes them to a vast ocean and land at the center of the world, Middle Earth, Inner Shambhala, and to involvement in a mysterious Castalian “Crystal Bead Game” linked to the destiny of the human race on earth. They then embark on a quest for the Silmaril, or Missing Seed Crystal to the central island of Omphalos in the Great Central Sea in the middle of the globe, aided by Goethe, the Chinese Monkey King, Captain Nemo, the African God-Hero Ogun, and a Sufi mystic they traverse a ‘wormhole’ at the center of the earth guarded by ‘The Mothers’ and the fallen angel tribe of the Grigori (Genesis 6:1-4) which leads the way to critical meeting of the “Council of the Immortals” at the Black Hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy to determine the final fate of the human species. The heroes battle and overcome the treacherous opposition of Mephisto and his satanic subaltern Mundus through their Underworld and Otherworld adventures and successfully plead the cause of the continuation of the human species before the Immortals, returning with the critical Silmaril Crystal. resolving the Crystal Bead Game and thereby inspiring through the Archangel Gabriel a dream in the mind of Iran’s Supreme Leader which brings a new Revelation causing him to release the hostages and an end the crisis. China and Russia stand down from aiding Iran in seizing the Mid-East oil reserves, but in a treacherous blow the Chinese instead utilize their forward-positioned armies to attack their former ally Russia and seize Siberia with its large oil and gas reserves instead. President Barret Osama, America’s newly-elected first black President then invites Russia, Japan and South Korea to join NATO and together they succeed in expelling the Chinese from Siberia and usher in a new Eurasian and global balance of power and a New World Order.
Rock Superstar Osiris meanwhile, after undertaking a narcissistic Messianic mission in the wake of the Jerusalem atomic blast is dramatically assassinated on live world-wide television on Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa by a disillusioned follower. His wife and rock-star partner Isis then leads a spiritual movement to reconcile and unite the clashing religions and catalyze a common global spiritual Renaissance through a Global Progressive Spiritual Alliance which seeks to construct an Inter-faith Temple on the ruins of the atomic blast in Jerusalem. In counter-reaction to the cataclysmic events the world finally implements Sartorius’ crusade for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, but not before Sartorius has himself has died, Moses-like of a heart attack while helping to foil a metaconspiracy mediated by Time Travel in which a fascist agent from the 23rd Century who has time-transited back to our time to alter a benign history by causing WWIII and thus preventing the evolution of a democratic world government, the United States of Earth, which follows him through time and nabs him just in the “nick of time” to prevent Aramgeddon. The book ends with the opening ceremony of the UN Parliamentary Assembly which is attended in Sartorius’ name by his widow Eva Strong, whom Sartorius had fallen in love with and married in the course of the novel, and by their son Euphy, newborn after Sartorius’ death. They are joined in cinematic climax at the ceremony by newly chosen UN Secretary-General Clinton, President Osama and UN Parliamentary Assembly Committee Chairman Andreas Sarkozy who have just received the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in creation of the world’s first world parliamentary assembly within the United Nations, bringing together the representative voices of the peoples of the world in face-to-face assembly and dialogue for the first time in world history.
All the Highlights of the novel cannot be contained in such a short Introduction, but a few of them would include:
1. Spiritus Mundi is the first novel in world history to portray the creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assemblyon the working model, inter alia, of the European Parliament;
2. Spiritus Mundi is a prophetic geo-political WWIII novel of the near future forseeing a conflict and conspiratorial surprise attack by a resurgent “Axis” of China, Russia and Iran seeking by a decisive blow in jointly seizing the Middle-East oil fields to radically alter the global balance of power vis-a-vis the West in the world and Eurasia. Like Clancy’s The Bear and the Dragon, it forsees the inclusion of Russia in NATO, and goes far beyond in forseeing the inclusion of South Korea and Japan, following a joint Chinese-Russian occupation of a collapsing North Korea and the Axis strike at the Middle-Eastern oil fields;
3. Spiritus Mundi is an exciting espionage thriller involving the American CIA. British MI6, the Chinese MSS, or Ministry of State Security and the Russian SVR contending in a deul of intrigue and espionage;
4. Spiritus Mundi is a Spellbinding Terrorism/Counterterrorism novel involving a global plot to conceal an atomic bomb in a Chinese Teracotta Warrior to be detonated in Jerusalem;
5. Features the romantic and sexual searching and encounters of dozens of idealist activists, rock-stars, CIA and MI6 agents, public-relations spinmeisters and billionaires with a detour into the bi-sexual and gay scenes of Beijing, New York, California, London and Tokyo:
6. Establishes and grounds the new genre of the Global Novel written in Global English, the international language of the world,
7. Spiritus Mundi is a novel of Spiritual Searching featuring the religious searching of Sufi mystic Mohammad ala Rushdie, as well as the loss of faith, depression, attempted suicide and recovery of faith in life of protagonist Sartorius. Follows bogus religious cult leaders and the Messiah-Complex megalomanic-narcissistic mission of rock superstar Osiris that leads to his dramatic assassination on worldwide television in Jerusalem, followed by the religious conversion of his wife and rock-star parner Isis;
8. Features the search for love and sexual fulfillment of Eva Strong, a deeply and realistically portrayed divorced single mother involved in the United Nations campaign, who reveals her tortured heart and soul in her Blog throughout several disastrous sexual affairs and ultimately through her final attainment of love and marriage to Sartorius;
9. Features Sartorius’ experience of a bitter divorce, alienation and reconciliation with his son, his loss of faith and attempted suicide, his battle against drugs and alcoholism, his surreal and sexual adventures in Mexico City, and his subsequent redeeming love and marriage to Eva Strong;
10. Contains the in–depth literary conversations of Sartorius and his best friend, Literature Nobel Laureate Günther Gross, as they conduct worldwide interviews and research for at book they are jointly writing on the emergence of the new institution of World Literature, building on Goethe’s original concept of “Weltliteratur” and its foundations and contributions from all the world’s traditions and cultures;
11. Predicts the emergence of the institution and quest of “The Great Global Novel” as a successor to the prior quest after “The Great American Novel” in the newer age of the globalization of literature in Global English and generally;
12. Features the cross-cultural experiences and search for roots, sexual and spiritual fulfillment and authenticity of Asian-American character Jennie Zheng, and Pari Kasiwar of India;
13. For the first time incorporates in the dramatic narrative flow of action the mythic traditions of all the cultures and literatures of the world, including such figures as Goethe, The Chinese Monkey King, the African God-Hero Ogun, surreal adventures in the ‘Theatro Magico’ in Mexico City bringing to life figures from the Mayan-Aztec Popul Vuh, Hanuman from the Indian classic the Ramayana, and many more;
14. Book Two, Spiritus Mundi, the Romance is a fantastic Fantasy, Myth and Magical Realism Rollercoaster Ride: The more mythic Book Two utilizes a Wellsian motif of Time Travel to explore the making of history and its attempted unmaking (a la Terminator) by a hositile raid from the future on the past, our present, and the foiling of the fascist attempt by an alliance of men and women of goodwill and courage from past, present and future generations united in a Commonwealth of Human Destiny; Like Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day and Welles’ Journey to the Center of the Earth it involves a journey to an interior realm of the “Middle Earth;” it also contains a futuristic travel through a wormhole to the center of our Milky Way Galaxy for a meeting with the “Council of the Immortals” where the fate of the human race will be decided;
15. Is a fantastic read on a roller-coaster ride of high adventure and self-exploration!
C Copyright 2011 Robert Sheppard All Rights Reserved
Spiritus Mundi, Novel by Robert Sheppard: Table of Contents
Book One Spiritus Mundi: The Novel Chapters 1-33
1. Departure (Beijing)
2. A Failing Quest (New York)
3. War Council & Counteroffensive (Geneva)
4. New Beginnings (London)
5. Republic of Letters (Berlin)
6. Fathers and Sons (Washington,D.C.)
7. Ulysses: Blogo Ergo Sum (Beijing)
8. Frequently Asked Questions (London)
9. In the Middle Kingdom (Beijing)
10. Past and Present (London-South Africa)
11. Telemachus (Washington, D.C.)
12. The Everlasting Nay (Beijing)
13. My Brother’s Keeper (London)
14. In the Global Village (Beijing-Tokyo)
15. Deceits and Revelations (London)
16. Be Ready for Anything (Beijing)
17. The Obscure Object of Desire (London-Pyongyang)
18. Sufferings (Beijing)
19. Of the Yearnings of the Caged Spirit (London)
20. Cyclops (Washington, D.C.)
21. The Engines of Illusion (Beijing)
22. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (London)
23. The Temptation of the Sirens (Beijing)
24. Truth or Consequences (London)
25. Lazarus Laughed (Beijing)
26. Neptune’s Fury & The Perils of the Sea (The Maldive Islands)
Naval Diaries and Ship’s Logs of Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius (1780-1875)
27. Penelope (London)
28. The Volcano’s Underworld (Mexico City)
29. The Everlasting Yea (London)
30. Paradise Regained (Little Gidding)
31. To the South of Eden (Kenya-to Midrand-Johannesburg South Africa)
32. In a Glass Darkly (London)
33. Spiritus Mundi
Book Two Spiritus Mundi: The Romance Chapters 1-21
1. Gerusalemme Liberata & Orlando Furioso (Jerusalem)
2. In a Glass Darkly (London)
3. Great Expectations (Jerusalem)
4. The Parable of the Cave (Qom, Iran)
5. The Xth Day of the Crisis (London)
6. The Supreme Leader & The Three Messiahs (Qom)
7. Going for the Jugular (London)
8. The Night Journey, Goethe & The Monkey King (Qom)
9. The Central Sea, The Crystal Bead Game & The Quest
10. The Island of Omphalos & The Mothers
11. The Council of the Immortals & The Trial By Ordeal
13. Armageddon (London)
14. The Fever Breaks
15. High Noon & Showdown at the OK Corral (Washington, D.C.)
16. Ecce Homo (Jerusalem)
17. Deliverance (London/Lhasa)
18. For Every Action…. (Moscow/Beijing)
19. The Burial of the Dead (London/Little Gidding)
20. Spiritus Mundi (London/Jerusalem)
21. In My End is My Beginning
—-The Convening of the First Meeting of the
United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (New York)
Appendix 1: A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly: Frequently Asked Questions
Appendix 2: Spiritus Mundi: Index of Principal Characters
C Copyright Robert Sheppard 2011 All Rights Reserved
Spiritus Mundi, Novel by Robert Sheppard: Synopsis
When Robert Sartorius, leader of the worldwide Committee for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) presses his campaign proposal in New York on his old friend the UN Secretary-General and is rebuffed due to the hostile pressure of the conservative American administration, the Committee resolves to fight back by launching a “People Power” Global Appeal campaign and telethon spearheaded by celebrity rock superstars Isis and Osiris and former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to mobilize global public support and pressure. Working in the style of the Band 8 and Band Aid campaigns of U2’s Bono and Sir Bob Geldof they pressure the governments of the world to extend the international democratic concept proven in the European Parliament to the global level of the United Nations. The Committee’s headquarters are relocated to London to pursue the global campaign and its director Andreas Sarkozy quickly begins a love affair with Eva Strong, an attractive single-mother on the Committee’s London staff. Sartorius addresses a Committee of the US Congress in support of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and then links up again with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York to march on UN Headquarters to bring “People Power” pressure on the organization to reform. Eva makes continuous entries to her Blog Journal giving accounts of her search for love as a woman, her love affairs and life. Andreas works with Public Relations Spinmaster Julian Jung, Isis, Russian billionaire Alexander Abromovich Medvedev and Sartorius’ son Jack on the London campaign steering committee to plan and organize the worldwide Global Appeal, and makes continued Blog journal entries on his private and personal life. Meanwhile Sartorius approaches a crisis in his life as he turns fifty, fighting off alcoholism, ageing, loss of faith, feelings of life’s futility and failure, and alienation from his son in the years following his unhappy divorce. He works as an American Professor of International Law in Beijing, travels the world for the UN Parliamentary Assembly campaign working closely with the campaign’s director Andreas Sarkozy, makes continuous entries in his Blog Journal containing his reflections, life and his poetry, begins to research and co-write a book with his Nobel Prize winning friend Gunther Gross on the rise and character of World Literature and then in a fit of depression unsuccessfully attempts suicide. Recovering, his life changes as he moves from Beijing to London for the Campaign, takes a scuba diving holiday en route in the Maldives discovering the shipwreck and a journal of the fabulous past adventures of his ancestor the British Navy Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius whom he follows as he fought under Nelson at the Battles of the Nile and Trafalgar, encountered the south sea Sorceress Queen Lilith (“Sir She”) and was held captive in the south seas Palace of the Sultan of the Sea of Stories. Sartorius then meets and falls in love with Eva Strong in London, who has just broken off her unsuccessful affair with Andreas, frustrated by his endless sexual infidelities. Sartorius then undergoes a surreal adventure and crisis of faith as he wrestles again with suicide on the day of his fiftieth birthday alone in Mexico City, a fateful date on which he has had a premonition of committing suicide. There he has an alcoholic and hallucinogenic crisis, visits the mysterious Theatro Magico, (or Magic Theatre—For Madmen Only!) encountering sexual adventure and the Aztec gods, recovers his will to live, returns to London, reunites with and collaborates with his son, Jack Sartorius, continues the Parliamentary Assembly campaign and marries Eva, who soon becomes pregnant. Sartorius over more than a year participates in many campaign meetings and trips to Geneva, Berlin, Mexico City, Beijing and Johannesburg, South Africa where he promotes the concept of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, does research on his book on World Literature and has many and far-reaching discussions across the globe on civilization, history, literature, culture and political developments with a wide range of interlocutors.
Meanwhile, Sartorius’ son Jack is an undercover CIA counter-terrorism agent sent to London in the wake of a terrorist bombing of the charter jet carrying the American Olympic Track and Field Team, and is assigned to work connected with the UN Parliamentary Assembly Campaign to investigate its possible infiltration by suspected terrorist cells in its Mid-East bureau, headed by Mohammad Ala Rushdie and Mustafa bin Salaman al Khalifa. This espionage story line follows Jack, MI6 agent Etienne Dearlove and many others as they seek to discover first the terrorist conspiracy, and later as they unravel the mystery the uncovered geopolitical conspiracy involving China, Russia and Iran in a covert alliance, the “Triple Axis,”including first a joint occupation of a collapsing North Korea and then a planned move on the oil reserves of the Middle East, threatening World War III and nuclear Armegeddon. As a cover Jack Sartorius works under the name of Jack McKinsey under spinmaster Julian Jung, son-in-law to global media super-mogul Rupert Madox, in Jung Communications, the global PR agency handling the UNPA Global Appeal campaign pro bono. There he becomes involved in a sexual affair with world-famous female rock star Isis, making love in the Ritz hotel in London where they both live. In the course of his counter-terrorism investigations Jack follows Mohammad Ala Rushdie in his involvement with a London Sufi Meditation Centre and also encounters another competing bogus mercenary Sufi center funded by Isis and many media stars which caters to and exploits the celebrities and becomes the focus of the paparazzi and pulp media. Jack discovers that Mohammad is innocent of the terrorist suspicions directed towards him and is a genuine spiritual seeker following the Islamic Sufi path to spiritual enlightenment. Meanwhile, Jack joins British MI5 Agents Ernest Huxley and Peter Townsend in investigating Mustafa via wiretapping, bugs, Echelon Internet and mobile phone intercepts, shadowing, and surveillance by high-priced call girls on the MI5 payroll. The “intelligence take” from these investigations is followed through the computer networks from MI5 Headquarters in Thames House, through British GCHQ to American NSA in Fort Meade and on to CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia where Jack’s young colleague, Myron Greenberg monitors the case, amoung thousands of others.
At the same time over the course of the novel in Beijng British MI6 agent Etienne Dearlove, lover of Committee East Asia Coordinator Yoriko Oe and under cover as a Reuters/BBC correspondent organizes an espionage project transmitting Chinese confidential Politburo transcripts and records to British intelligence and the CIA and crossing swords with the Chinese Intelligence service, the MSS. This he accomplishes through his compromise through a sexual ménage-a-trois of Zhou Yuchun, the bi-sexual office manager of reactionary Politburo Minister Luo Chunwang, overseer of the Chinese intelligence service, MSS or the Ministry of State Security. The ménage-a-trois also involves Dearlove’s Japanese lover Yoriko Oe, East Asian director for the UNPA Committee, whom Zhou Yuchun introduces to and explores the gay and lesbian underworld of Beijing and Tokyo. Etienne and Yoriko succeed in installing a “Ghost Program” codenamed “Nightingale” in Zhou Yuchun’s computers which regularly forwards hot intelligence from the Chinese Politburo to MI6 Headquarters at Vauxhall Cross, London where it is translated by China Desk Controller Sir Endymion Needham and forwarded to “C” the head of British MI6, who in turn forwards selective parts to London CIA Station Chief Joel Barlow, being relayed onward to US Director of Intelligence Admiral Orwell and President Barret Osama. In Beijing Dearlove also covers the collapse of the North Korean government following the death of the Dear Leader and the joint occupation of that country by China and Russia under the umbrella of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the unhappy fates of some of the democracy advocates in China from the time of the Tian An Men Square incident.
The novel also features many minor characters and subplots, such as the adventures of Pari Kasiwar of India and Jennie Zheng, a Chinese-Asian-American, both working with the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly Committee and who together explore their cross-cultural backgrounds and experiences, love and sexual involvement and their search for spirituality from Eastern and Western perspectives.
Another literary line of action follows Sartorius and Nobel Prize winning author Gunter Gross as the work to co-author a book on “World Literature” in the sense of Goethe’s “Weltliteratur” and the transformation of English Literature into a World Literature in English resulting from the transformation of the English Language from a national language to “Global English” or the lingua franca of and international language of the world.
Book One ends with Sartorius’ wedding to Eva attended by his son Jack in Little Gidding, England the ancestral Sartorius family home, followed by an idyllic honeymoon in the English countryside, by which the reunited Sartorius family returns to their place of origin from which they departed with the Puritan Pilgrims for America four-hundred years earlier, completing their circumnavigation of time, space and the modern world. His quest to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly remains incomplete.
In Book Two, at the height of the Global Appeal “People Power” campaign and in the final lead-up to the worldwide eight-city celebrity telethon for the Parliamentary Assembly, Jack is in Jerusalem preparing the UNPA telethon there and investigating terrorism threats when he encounters Orlando Tasso (aka rock singer Tancredi) who is a love besotted Italian MI6 AISE agent in love with the beautiful Palestinian Rai singer Khlorindah Darwah, who proves to be part of the Iranian Quds Force conspiracy headed by Mustafa of the UNPA Committee. Live on the air at the telethon Sartorius and Eva, Jack and several staff members are taken captive with a host of political leaders by terrorists allied with the infiltrators of the campaign, and who simultaneously detonate an atomic device concealed in a Chinese Teracotta Warrior on loan to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem destroying the Knesset building and the entire Israeli government, and are then flown to Iran and held as human shield hostages along with fellow captives former Presidents Carter and Clinton, Tony Blair, three former UN Secretary Generals and others all captured at the Jerusalem rally of the Global Appeal. They later meet Iran’s Supreme Leader face-to-face in the underground cave complex outside Qom and Teheran that houses its nuclear facilities. They learn the entire nuclear explosion and hostage drama have been engineered as an elaborate cover by a secret alliance and conspiracy, The Triple Axis, led by the resurgent reactionary nationalistic elites of China, Russia, and Iran, and catylized acording to a conspiracy theory by an elusive and shadowy “Axis of Synarchy,” to make a Pearl-Harbor-style surprise invasion of the Middle-East oil reserves in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, severing the West’s energy jugular. This Triple Axis has been brought into existence by the extralegal conspiracy of the reactionary factions of the three governments close to their intelligence services, the Siloviki or former KGB apparatchiki of Russia, the Haghani Sect of Iran within the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, and the Princeling Party, or Tai Zi Dang of China headed by the aggressively nationalistic overseer of the MSS, or Ministry of State Security Politburo Minister Luo Chunwang. This clandestine project has been spearheaded on the ground by Mustafa of the UNPA Committee who proves to be a secret agent of the Iranian Quds Force. In the course of the conspiracy reactionary elements seize control in Russia and China pushing aside liberals Wen Jiabao and Medvedev who have been made pawns to this conspiracy by also being captured at the Jerusalem rally and flown as hostages to Iran, where under house arrest in their own embassies they also serve as human shields against nuclear attack by America or Israel. Nuclear confrontation and a prolonged new Iranian Hostage Crisis ensue over this aggressive Triple Axis adventure, discovered in the nick of time by British MI6 agent Etienne Dearlove’s “Nightingale” intelligence source in the Chinese Politburo, developed at the beginning of the novel. Dearlove also under his cover as a BBC correspondent takes the lead as chief BBC news-anchor for the day-by-day breaking televised and online news coverage of the global crisis. As American President Barret Osama threatens to use nuclear weapons and waits to see the Axis blink the Chinese and Russian armies approach Iran, ostensibly to rescue their captive leaders but in reality to join forces with the Iranians to move on to a full invasion of the Shiite dominated oil reserve areas of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Gulf severing the energy jugular and lifeline of the West and establishing a Russian-Chinese backed united-Shiite Gulf caliphate, all of which threatens to unleash World War III and nuclear Armageddon.
In the meantime while Sartorius, Eva, Andreas, Jack and their campaign colleague and Sufi novice Mohammad are held as human shield hostages in the underground nuclear processing facilities outside Qom, Iran they meet the Iranian Supreme Leader after which Mohammad, also a writer, is invited after dinner with him to read to him the short-story he has just written: “The Parable of the Supreme Leader and the Three Messiahs.” At the same time back in Jerusalem in the hysteric wake of the atomic detonation, which proves to be something of an atomic “fizzle” destroying only the western part of Jerusalem and leaving the historic Old City intact, an irrational television and Internet-driven messianic cult of popular fervor is forming around the Messiah-like figure of megalomanic rock-star Osiris and his wife Isis, which is joined by Orlando and a thronging mass of followers. After their encounter with the Supreme Leader Sartorius and his fellow captives escape their underground confinement into a series of subterranean passageways leading to underground rivercourses which in turn lead them into a hidden world in a mysterious hidden dimension. With the mysterious aid of Goethe, poet of Faust and the Chinese Monkey King Sun Wu Kong of the Journey to the West (aka Hanuman of the Indian classic The Ramayana) they are conveyed into an mystical dimension of fantasy adventure, first in Middle Earth, Inner Shambhala, a realm similar to Verne’s earth’s core with a Great Central Sea, and then through a wormhole passageway to the “Council of the Immortals” convening in the center of the Milky Way galaxy to decide the fate and continued existence of the human race in the ongoing crisis. In the modernized submarine Nautilus piloted by Captain Nemo and Zheng He traveling via underground riverways into the underground realm containing the vast Central Sea at the center of the earth where in Castalia, Middle Earth a mysterious Crystal Bead Game is played out in an arcology powered by telluric currents and a reactor core by the greatest geniuses of human history, which gtame , in fated enchained parallel with the unfolding historical events on the surface of the earth, will determine the destiny and survival of humanity on earth. The master of the game, the Magister Ludi informs Sartorius that the game has reached a stalemate and that the only chance for averting nuclear Armageddon and the end of the human race is if they travel through a wormhole from the center of the earth to the cosmic amphitheatre in the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy where a Council of Immortals is meeting and obtain the Silmaril, or Missing Seed Crystal by pleading and convincing the Immortals that the human race is worthy of survival.
Sartorius and his colleagues undertake the Quest, traveling first to Omphalos, the island at the center of the earth’s interior Central Sea where the portal to the worm hole is located. Each of the members of the small team embarked upon the Quest, the Argonauts, lends their special abilities to the effort. Nemo first conveys them to the Island of Omphalos in the Nautilus, and Ogun, the African hero-god clears a path through the impenetrable jungle and underbrush of Omphalos with the aid of the abiku, or spirits of the unborn yearning for a future, through to the portal of the Gateway to the Cosmic Umbilical Wormhole. There they are blocked by The Mothers, who spin out human fate on their loom but after a stratagem of the Monkey King they seize the one shared eye of the three Mothers and force them to open the Gateway to the wormhole, guarded by a corps of the Watchers or Grigori (Genesis 6:1-4; Jude 1:6; Enoch 6), a race of fallen angels who made love to human women giving birth to the Nephalim monstrous cannibalistic giants. Once again, however they are blocked by an inner door on the opposite side guarded by twin Sphinxes, which surprisingly only Eva is able to open by virtue the mystical power of her pregnancy carrying Sartorius’ son in her womb. Attaining the other end of the wormhole at the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy the Argonauts are again blocked by an impassable chasm, which Mohammad is able to transit using his Sufi meditation skills. Finally attaining the amphitheatre of the Council of the Immortals, Sartorius pleads humankind’s case for survival against mankind’s prosecuting nemesis Mephisto, and ultimately obtains the Silmaril Missing Seed Crystal through undergoing a Trial by Ordeal in which he must choose the one crystal amoungst hundreds which represents himself. Obtaining the Silmaril, Sartorius and his comrade Argonauts then defeat a hostile ambush by Mephisto’s subaltern Mundus at the wormhole’s portal, then return to the island of Omphalos, escape a submarine ambush and undersea duel to the death en route between the Nautilus and Mephisto’s attack submarine the Baphomet, and finally deliver the Silmaril Missing Seed Crystal to the Crystal Bead Game which then breaks the stalemate avoiding human doom. The resolution of the Crystal Bead Game below leads on the surface of the earth to the occurrence of a dream in the mind of Iran’s Supreme Leader in which the Angel Gabriel commands him as a divine revelation to “Open the Gates of Ijtihad,” that is to allow Islam to evolve peacefully to the next higher level abandoning the dead hand of the past and past dead authority in favor of the onward evolution of its living spirit—ushering in a new era of Islamic Reformation. After the divine dream he then orders the hostages in Iran to be transported to the Potala Palace in Tibet to be set free, where they join with their comrades emerging from the telluric realms via the upper reaches of the lost city of Shambhala on the borderland approaches to Middle Earth, thence emerging into a forest of waiting television news cameras, but en route Sartorius apparently dies of a heart attack and never returns.
Meanwhile, however, a third metaconspiracy atop those of the terrorists and of the Great Powers is discovered in the form a Time Travel enabled raid on present history by a fascist agent from the 23rd Century, Caesarion Khannis, who seeks to overthrow a future successful but decaying democratic world republic, the United States of Earth, and replace it, Caesar-like with a dictatorial Universal Empire by altering the path of world history by aborting the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. However, the forces of good triumph as the Magister Ludi is uncovered to be another Time Traveller, Abor Linkin, President of the Senate of the USE who has returned in pursuit of the fascist Caeserion, who he captures and returns for trial in his own century before he can realize his plan to cause World War Three.
The CIA and MI6 debriefing of the hostages for public consumption concludes that their account of the Crystal Bead game and wormhole quest were but the fevered delusions of the captives brought on by the extreme stress of their captivity and Post-Traumatic-Stress-Syndrome, and in the end after weeks of cross-examination and psychoanalysis even the participants become unsure of the reality or unreality of their adventure. When President Osama and the British leader reveal that they have discovered the true nature of the Triple Axis conspiracy through their intelligence sources and threaten nuclear retaliation if it is not called off, and after The Supreme Leader undergoes his visitation by the Angel Gabriel in his dream, the invasion by the Axis powers is aborted, but the Chinese seize the opportunity of having their advanced armies in position to treacherously attack their erstwhile ally, seizing Russian Siberia. Tipped off also to this move in advance by the MI6 Nightingale intelligence source in the Chinese Politburo, President Osama and the NATO allies then invite Russia and Japan to join NATO, and with their combined forces and a foray by ally India they are able to repel the Chinese invasion and end its occupation of Siberia. The counter-reaction to all these dramatic events causes the fall from power of the conspiratorial right-wing factions in China and Russia, the Axis of Synarchy and the reinstatement of their progressive leaders and the beginning of a reform under the transformed Supreme Leader in Iran. The messianic cult movement in Jerusalem surrounding the narcissistic Osiris ends with his mental deterioration and his impulsive assassination by the disillusioned and depressive Orlando. Zhou Yuchun in Beijing is arrested and held in “shuanggui” after it is discovered that MI6′s Dearlove had used her computer as a key source of the intelligence coup “Nightingale,” and, an affectionada of Japanese Bushido, she commits ritual suicide while her discredited boss, Minister Luo, is executed following the collapse of China’s military adventure in the Middle East oil fields and in its attempts to treacherously seize Russia’s Siberian resources. Subsequent to the nuclear detonation and the WWWIII crisis Isis, the rock superstar wife of the assassinated Osiris undergoes a religious conversion, alongside many others, and joins Pari Kasiwar, Jennie Zheng and Mohammad ala-Rushdie in the creation of a Global Progressive Spiritual Alliance, symbolized by the erection of an ecumenical inter-faith temple, the Spiritus Mundi Temple, at the rehabilitated shattered ground zero site of the nuclear explosion in Jerusalem.
In recognition of its mounting support and the success of its precursors, the European Parliament of the European Union, the Pan-African Parliament of the African Union, the Arab Parliament and the Latin-American Parliament as well as in further counter-reaction and recoil from the chain of recent horrors of the Crisis entailing the threat of WWIII and nuclear annihilation, the nations of the world finally agree to convene the first meeting of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly in New York. Andreas, President Osama and new United Nations Secretary-General Clinton are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in creating the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, making Osama the first man in history to receive two Nobel Peace Prizes. Events end with Eva and Sartorius’ posthumously born son Euphy playing in the hallways of the United Nations Headquarters where Sartorius once worked, after which they then join Andreas at the podium, who as its first elected Speaker calls the first meeting of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly to order.
(Copyright Robert Sheppard 2011 All Rights Reserved)
Spiritus Mundi, Novel by Robert Sheppard: Themes and Motifs
Posted on February 12, 2011 by robertalexandersheppard
Leading Themes and Motifs of Spiritus Mundi, a Novel by Robert Sheppard
1. Leading Themes and Motifs
A. The Theme of the Quest and the Personal Calling
The overall action of Spiritus Mundi is moved, motivated and structured by the questing spirit. From the very first two chapters, “Departure” and “A Failing Quest” we are constantly reminded that we and the characters of the book are on a constant quest—first a quest to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and ground a World Literature, and at the end of the book on a cosmic quest for the Seed Crystal needed to save the world, while in between we witness a series of personal quests of the highlighted characters including Sartorius’ quest for spiritual renewal arising out of despair and attempted suicide.
In each case the principal characters are seen responding to their Personal Calling, including Sartorius’ dual calling to found the United Nations World Parliament and ground the institution of World Literature. What is a Personal Calling? It is an expression of a discovered faith in life that confers meaning on one’s existence through the active and affirmative embrace and realization of one’s dreams and aspirations. For those traditionally religiously minded, it is the blessing conferred by following the path that God chose for you on Earth. For others it is the rising to the highest dream and the blessing of enhanced life by positive choice and commitment to one’s noblest aspirations. In the book, this commitment freely chosen is referred to as “entering one’s Questway or Questpath. In other terms it is rising to one’s destiny or mission in life of whatever source or definition.
In entering onto one’s Personal Questway or Calling each character is called on to overcome manifold obstacles, but also is privileged to call on manifold allied powers in aid of one’s quest and destiny. Sartorius must overcome the devastating pull of the spirit of doubt and negation, the Eternal Nay, which drags him down to despair and attempted suicide. He does so aided by the love of Eva and the renewed purpose, faith and place of belonging, the Eternal Yea, which that love gives to his life and to his particular quests with regard to the UN and World Literature. Thereby, Sartorius overcomes the negating temptation of feeling himself unworthy of his dream and unworthy even of his dream’s possible success, and the resulting temptation of self-destruction. Sartorius, like all persons responding to a Personal Calling or Quest must overcome the obstacles of loss of faith in life and the possibility of the success of the quest, Next, Sartorius must overcome a subtle obstacle to to his quest: love. After his attempted suicide Sartorius is tempted to abandon his calling and return to the security of his homeland and seeking out a greater love and closeness to his son, estranged from his divorce. Sartorius discusses his sense of Personal Calling and overcoming these obstacles with his friend Teddy Zhou on their trip to the Maldives in the chapter, “Neptune’s Fury and the Perils of the Sea.” He discusses his dilemma in Love is seen as a two-edged sword, sometimes leading us to our highest calling inspired by the other, yet at times calling us to the mundane life of caring for family and domestic concerns. Sartorius overcomes this temptation in the hope that his own responding to his Calling and Quest will be understood by his son Jack, and lead not to resentment but to inspiration of his son to follow his own calling and quest whereby their two destinies would converge and join in aid of one another in a mature love. His love for Eva similarly becomes a stimulus to his greater quests as she finds meaning in her life in aiding his quest rather than holding him back out of concerns of conventional security or possession of him. Sartorius goes on further to overcome the additional twin obstacles to his quest of fear of defeat and fear of success. Through patience and perseverance through recurrent defeats Sartorius attains first faith and then success. By so doing he finds that by staking his whole heart on his dream and living that dream affirmatively, by undertaking the good fight even in the knowledge of its uncertainty, the forces of the universe are mobilized in aid of his ultimate success. Andreas similarly finds his way from the disillusionment with the senselessness of war and brutality in the South African and Mozambiquan conflicts to an affirmative quest alongside Sartorius to extablish the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, along which path he ultimately receives the Nobel Prize and becomes the Assembly’s first Chairman.
In the course of pursuing their Personal Callings Sartorius and his fellows learn to respond to faith and intuition, which is seen as the sudden immersion of the soul of the indivudiual into the universal current of life. By so doing on our questway we affirmatively embrace our own transformation and onward evolution, and everything the questor needs to know is learned through the onward journey. The questor learns similarly to overcome difficulty and defeat by listening to his own heart because it comes from the Soul of the World, Spiritus Mundi, and is destined to return there. The Questor also learns to read the “omens” and “signposts” which keep him on his path towards his highest destiny. Thus Sartorius responds to intuition and to the omen of his vision of his sons and family in chosing the right crystal in the “Trial by Ordeal” before the Council of the Immortals, and Mohammad relies on his intuition and reading of the omens and graffiti in the final transit over the chasm to the amphitheater of Council of the Immortals made possibly by his meditative techniques.
The parallel case of Mohammad is also that of a young man struggling to find his spiritual calling and questway through the cultivation of Sufi inspired spirituality. He turns from brief flings at atheism, sensual material pleasure and rebellion against his father and culture to joining the Sufi Order as a novice. Later, along with Sartorius and Andreas he undertakes the cosmic quest to save humanity by transiting the center of the earth at Omphalos and voyaging to the cosmic seat of the Council of the Immortals to obtain the Seed Crystal, which quest succeeds by virture of his cultivated meditative and spiritual skills and powers.
The overall message invoked by Spiritus Mundi is that we all need to be aware of our Personal Calling and respond to and live out our highest and most aspirational dreams. To realize one’s destiny is seen as the most real of obligations. By each person realizing his personal destiny, calling and quest he renews and impels forward the further evolution of the “Soul of the World—Spiritus Mundi” and through it the further evolution of the human race. And the invocation to follow one’s highest dreams and one’s personal calling is not limited to heroes or a chosen few but is a universal message to each and all of us. No matter what he does every person on earth is seen to play a central role in the history of the world, though normally he does not know or realize it. But this common life of living out our highest dreams leads to the higher evolution of humanity as a whole.
B. The Odyssey Theme and Motif
Like James Joyce’s immortal novel Ulysses, emerging major author Robert Sheppard’s Spiritus Mundi recapitulates the archetype of the lost voyager: his venturing outward from home, blown astray by adverse winds of destiny, his questing transit of an enhanced otherworld, and his heroic struggle to return homewards, with the boon of his voyaging. Like Joyce’s work, many of the episodes and characters parallel the story of Homer’s epic hero. The story begins in medias res with Sartorius’ trans-oceanic flight from Beijing to New York with the dual purpose of engaging in the Iliadic battle to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and to be reunited with his son. Adverse winds of destiny divert him from both objectives. Like Telemachus and Odysseus, father and son Robert and Jack Sartorius will be destined to search for one another across the wide seas of an adverse globe until reunited in action and spirit towards the end of the novel. Several chapter titles make explicit reference to characters and episodes of Homer’s Odyssey echoed in the work: “Ulysses: Blogo Ergo Sum” focuses on the expatriate Sartorius stranded far from home in Beijing, China; “Telemachus” describes the seaward journeying of Sartorius’ son Jack to Britain and the Near East, in part in search for his father; “Cyclops” describes Sartorius’ battle with the monocular vision of the neo-isolationist-populist Presidential Candidate Ron Pall with his quest to withdraw from both the United Nations and from the reality of the modern globalized world at the Congressional Committee hearings on Sartorius’ own proposal to create a United Nations World Parliament; “Penelope” describes the return of Sartorius from global wandering, battle and struggle to England, the site of his ancestral family home, and his reconstitution of home, love and family through his marriage to Eva Strong, reunion with his son Jack and the pregnancy of Eva with their new son Euphy following his return from his surreal adventures in the Underworld of Mexico City and the Theatro Magico.
Book One, like Joyce’s work is interlaced with innumerable parallels to the Homeric epic. Symbolically Sartorius is in Beijing as a result of the “shipwreck” of his divorce as well as the quest for a United Nations World Parliament. The restaurant-bar frequented by Sartorius in Beijing is named “Calypso’s Island” where he is extricating himself from an unsuccessful sexual affair with its owner. Sartorius there struggles with drugs and alcohol just as Odysseus and his crew struggled with forgetfulness of themselves in the land of the Lotus Eaters, and the doctor who helps him recover from his attempted suicide by drug overdose is Dr. Tristan Magus-Hermes. Sartorius’ symbolical shipwreck is then conflated with the actual shipwreck of his ancestor Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius and the adventures attendant upon his loss of his ship the Hayston on the coral shoals of the Maldive Islands of the south seas in the 1800’s and to which shipwreck Sartorius and his friend Teddy Zhou mount a Scuba diving expedition en route from Beijing to London (an episode based on actual historical fact). With the chapter and embedded quasi-novella: “Neptune’s Fury & The Perils of the Sea (The Maldive Islands)–Naval Diaries and Ships Logs of Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius (1780-1875)” the narrative makes a grand detour into both Modernity’s past and the realm of the mythic with the accounts of then Captain Sartorius’ rescue from shipwreck by Princess Nayoosaya, their captivity and escape on the island of “Sir She” or Lillith who wishes to make a captive lover-immortal of Captain Sartorius, and their adventures as the guests of the Sultan of the Sea of Stories, or Sultan of Maleh, crossing paths with the great Muslim voyager Ibn Battuta and the great Chinese voyager Zheng He.
Further echoes of the Odyssey theme arise from the figure of Jack Sartorius’ conflation with the role of Telemachus, the searching son. In his preparation for embarking on his CIA career Jack is tutored by mentor figures Joel Mentes and
Joel Barlow. Before departing Washington, D.C. Jack encounters the homeless veteran Peter Eumaus of Ithaca, NY who has lost his home in the recent World Financial Crisis to the “Blue Suiters” or investment bankers. Driving out these “suitors” or despoiling representatives of abusive and predatory capital who have provoked the World Financial Crisis is also a goal of Sartorius’ quest to establish a United Nations World Parliament, and his nemesis at the UN, Buck Bolger, is seen as in the pocket and service of such moneyed capitalist interests. Like Telemachus, Jack after mutual search and reunion and setting aside a false disguise, joins forces with his father to accomplish his ends. Sartorius like Odyssyus, after years of homelessness and wandering adventure reconstitute and reconfigure their home and place in the world, reuniting with their wife and son to enable the fruitful continuation of life in its generational cycle of renewal.
The “Nykia,” or Odysseus’ descent into the Underworld of Hades in the Odyssey is also richly paralleled in Spiritus Mundi, most notably in the chapter “The Volcano’s Underworld” set in Mexico City, including the amazing “Theatro Magico.” This is explicitly underlined by the presence of the figure “Tiresias.” In Spiritus Mundi emerging as a bi-sexual cabaret singer who switches back and forth in his performance between the straight and drag personas Theresa and Tiresias. Teresias also performs the role of the blind seer and guide to the Underworld in introducing Sartorius to the “Theatro Magico” in which he undergoes a variety of surreal adventures including a contest with and the defeat of Thanatos or Xibalba, “Lord Death” in the reliving of the ball game of Xbalanque and Huanapu out of the Mayan epic “Popul Vuh.” In doing so he further evades the “Voices of the Sirens” tempting him towards suicide and negation, and emerges strengthened to return to his awaiting Penelope, Eva.
Many other Homeric details and echoes appear prominently in the novel including such elements as the tale of the Maori genocide of the Moriori contained in Admiral Sartorius’ logs and the Aztec human sacrafices in the Theatro Magico, which parallel the cannibalistic Laestrygonians. The many demons and furies of Sartorius’ mescal-induced hallucinations in Mexico City along with the Siren voices calling him to suicide represent a Scylla and Charybdis of the twin dangers of mental dissolution and insanity on the one hand and suicide on the other. Sartorius’ bull riding in the arena in Mexico city parallels the Sacred Cattle of the Sun God Helios. The storytellers of the Sultan of the Sea of Stories parallels the role of Demodocus who sings the heroic song of Odysseus on the Isle of Scherie even within the living flow of events of the Odyssey itself, just as life and narrative interchange themselves in the “moibius strip” ending of Book One of Spiritus Mundi.
C. The Globalization Theme
The novel’s title itself, Spiritus Mundi—–“Spirit or Soul of the World” announces the very theme of globalization which drives both the form and content of this engaging work. This includes the need for a reformed and rebalanced Globalization echoing the goals of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, seeking a fairer redistribution of the benefits and burdens of globalization amoungst the social and economic classes and the creation of new global institutions of global governance Thto solve problems such as the Soverign Debt crisis and Climate Change, beyond the capacities of the obsolete nation-state in a Post-Westphalian world. The concern of Sheppard’s epic global novel of modernity is to portray life in the modern globalized world in widest and deepest possible portrait in all its dimensions: the ‘Global Village’ of the Internet, global mass media and electronic tele-communications; the internationalization of the economy, the institutions of governance, travel and the lives of individuals; the rise of Global English as the international language of the world and the evolution of World Literature out of the clash and clasp of pre-existing cultures and civilizations struggling with their inescapable globality; and the evolution of newer balances of geopolitical power and of spiritual power.
The plot and action of the novel is intrinsically international in character, driven by the overarching story of the mass movement and popular quest to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) to bring together the voices, concerns and consciousness of the peoples of the world for the first time to address and shape their common destiny. Within this macrocosmic larger story is embedded the stories of the lives of those individuals in microcosm caught up in this historical quantum leap into the globalized future: Professor Robert Sartorius whose life literally cumcumnavigates the globe as he moves from divorce in America to university teaching in Beijing, China, to scuba diving on the site of his ancestor’s shipwreck in the Maldives of the Indian Ocean, to his residence and remarriage in England, the site of his family origin at the onset of Modernity, and his professional travels to Mexico City and Southern Africa; Andreas Sarkozy, whose life is metamorphosized from a despairing South African soldier to a German postgraduate in International Law and to a “Playboy of the Western World” and the Executive Director of the Global Campaign for the UNPA; Etienne Dearlove who as a Reuters and BBC correspondent and MI6 agent covers the world from London to Tokyo to Beijing and Jerusalem; Jack Sartorius, who as a CIA operative and international public relations executive wanders from Washington, D.C. to London and then across Europe to Jerusalem and Iran; international media figures like rock superstars Isis and Osiris, Russian mega-billionaire Alexander Abromovich Medvedev, Spinmaster Julian Jung and Novel Laureate Gunther Gross; expatriate Muslim Cambridge graduates turned Sufi spiritualist and jihadist in London Mohammad ala Rushdie and Mustafa bin Salaman al Khalifa; Yoriko Oe who falls into and through love affairs with both men and women in Tokyo, Beijing and London, and even Eva Strong, who though like Homer’s Penelope is rooted in the land of her home, also joins her new husband on his questings to Africa, the Middle-East and to the edges of the cosmos.
The very raison d’être of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly comes out of the realization that all of the problems of the modern world have become inescapably internationalized: Global Warming and Climate Change, the world economy and the Global Economic Crisis, Terrorism, drugs, AIDS and pandemics as well as the questions of war and peace and nuclear Armageddon, and therefore, a fortiori, all of the solutions must become internationalized along with our systems of governance. And, globalization drives the very plot of the novel in that the Global Appeal campaign for the UNPA necessarily takes Sartorius to every corner of the world, from Beijing, to New York, Geneva, Berlin, Beijing, Mexico City, South Africa and points beyond.
As a major work of literature itself, one of Spiritus Mundi’s themes is the re-enactment, portrayal and re-performance of the rise of World Literature as a necessary and desirable response to the unavoidable influence of globalization on all previous national literatures. In this major novel Sartorius and Gunther Gross criss-cross the world researching their joint-book of the emergence of World Literature in the Twenty-First Century fulfilling the prophecy of Goethe in the Ninteenth regarding his grounding concept of “Weltliteratur.” They make clear that no national literature can escape the tsunami of globalization and that all citizens of the Republic of Letters must be prepared to interpret their shared world in the light of the literary, artistic and spiritual common heritage of mankind, building on the strengths of the canon of Western literature and culture which has driven and enabled that globalization, for better or worse, but also, in the ideal of Matthew Arnold, to incorporate “the best that has been thought and felt in the world” by integrating the best of Asian, African, Islamic and Latin-American literature and heritages into this foundation in the development of a universal literature as part of a shared universal civilization.
Global circumnavigation is an included sub-theme within the novel. Sartorius’ life re-performs and echoes the voyage of Homer’s Odysseus in the tradition of Joyce’s Ulysses. Sartorius as a member of his extended family complete a Magellanic circumnavigation of the globe in time and space, beginning at the origins of Modernity with the voyage of the Sartorius clan’s Puritan ancestors from Little Gidding in the 1600’s to the Massachusetts and Virginia colonies, thence across the American frontier to California and onward to Beijing, China, and the Indian Ocean adventures of both Sartorius and his ancestor in the British Royal Navy, Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius, crossing paths in time and space with the illustrious global travelers of other civilizations: Ibn Battuta, the “Muslim Marco Polo,” and Chinese Treasure Fleet commander Admiral Zheng He. The global nature of this voyaging in time and space is underlined by the return of Sartorius to his village of family origin, Little Gidding, where, re-enacting the movement of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, Sartorius in life and death arrives at the place of his beginnings and knows it for the first time. Circumnavigating the wide world, like Ulysses he returns to recover and recreate his home and place of belonging within that wide world, marrying Eva, engendering new life in a new son and reuniting as a reconstituted family with his estranged son Jack.
This global circumnavigation is merged also into the dimension of the mythic in Book Two, in which Sartorius re-performs and re-echoes the questing voyage of the hero into an Otherworld comprising both an Underworld and Overworld, and his boon-bearing return. As Joseph Campbell iterated in his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, the Archetypal Hero, embracing such figures as Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Christ, Buddha, Aneas, Dante, Don Quixote and a thousand others, will complete a circular pattern of such voyage into the Netherworld and return in completion of the spiritual Odyssey. His voyage is frought with danger and requires transformation, re-birth and the infusion of enhanced powers to allow survival and return. As such Sartorius’ quest and journey completes both a transit of geographical and historical globalization and also a transit of spiritual globalization, embracing and uniting multiple underworlds, overworlds, netherworlds and otherworlds as well as circumnavigating our own in quest of a newer cosmic unity.
D. The Theme of Homelessness and the Search for Home in the Modern World
One of the principal themes of Spiritus Mundi is the search of modern man for a home, both in the literal sense of a sustaining family abode, but also in the extended sense of a place and community in which one is rooted and belongs in life. The novel begins in the conundrum of homelessness the homelessness of its major characters: Sartorius is in voluntary exile from his own country largely as a result of his divorce, and his loss of his custody battle has even left him estranged from his own son. In this he echoes the homelessness of Odysseus and his search to return to his home after the dislocation of war. Eva is similary homeless as a divorced single mother and her plight and condition explicitly resonates with Milton’s of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. Most of the characters are similarly dislocated from any effective sense of home or belonging and one of their underlying quests is to regain a home to belong to and an organic, sustainable and sustaining relationship with a home or community of belonging. Anreas has left his country of origin, South Africa and emigrated to Germany, the country of his mother’s birth after disillusionment with the wars and atrocities of the apartheid era. Mohammad feels alienated from his own home and his Islamic heritage, first studying at Cambridge and then trying to revitalize his relationship with his heritage through breaking with his father’s fundamentalist past and pursuing Sufi spirituality, finding a home in the Sufi Order. In an extended sense the quest to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly is a common attempt to transform the global world from a battlefield to a common home and a community of belonging. The environmental dimensions of the novel, such as the conversations concerning Global Warming with Dr. Waheen in the Maldives constitute a parallel search to make a sustainable home for the human race within nature and earth.
In the case of the extended Sartorius family, the condition of homelessness is reflected in the great British diaspora symbolized by that family’s emigration from their home of origin, Little Gidding in Cambridgshire, England and their sojourning in America beginning with the Puritan Massassachutsetts and the Virginia Colony. Their underlying family homelessness is further reflected in the two branhes of the family, the northern and southern, being on different sides in the American Civil war, and the family’s further transit West to California and then Robert’s Sartorius’ expatriate residence in China. In a sense Jack Sartorius’ attraction to the US military and CIA can be seen as an initial search for a missing “home” in the surrogate of the nation. Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius, the ancestor of the family is similarly dislocated from his English home to the shores of the Middle-East and Asia, and thence to the further mythical-mystical dimension of his shipwreck in the Maldives and encounter with Lillith the sorceress and with the Sultan of the Sea of Stories, though in the end he does regain his home of origin.
In the case of Sartorius and Eva the condition of homelessness is successfully resolved and atoned for in the growth of their love and in their marriage and fruitful engendering of a new son and newer generation in the person of Little Euphy, with whom the book closes in its onward trajectory into the future. Thus through Sartorius and Eva the Sartorius family completes its circumnavigation of the world, atones for its homelessness, returns to its home of origin and reconstitutes itself as an organic family rooted in its origins, and begins a fruitful new cycle of sustainable regeneration and rebirth in a regained home of belonging.
E. The Epic of Modernity and Birth of ‘the Peoples of the World’ Theme
Significantly, the action, struggle and setting of Spiritus Mundi as a “Global Novel” or “Global Epic” takes in the virtually the entire globalized modern world, as is reflected in the Table of Contents as the chapter headings move from Beijing to New York to Geneva, Berlin, London, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, the Maldives of the Indian Ocean, Southern Africa, Mexico City, Jerusalem, Iran and Tibet. This is also reflected in the global “People’s Power” movements with which the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly is allied, such as the Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring morements, as well as the Social Contract activism of the European Union. This reflects the movement of the action of this Epic Novel of Modernity, centered around the quest to raise global consciousness and will for the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, an undertaking in modern dimensions equivalent to the siege of Troy in the Iliad or the quest to found the eternal city of Rome in the Aeneid. An “Epic” may be defined as a narrative poem embracing the history and constituitive culture of a people, thereby defining its place in the universe in which it exists. Thus the Iliad is the story of the moulding of the Greek nation into one from a collection of conflicting principalities, and the Aeneid is likewise the story of the founding of Rome and of the Roman people. In essence Spiritus Mundi is also the story of the founding of “a people,” in this case the struggle towards birth, consciousness and embodiment of the “People of the World” in their initial and constituitive struggle for unity and wholeness in a globalized world, as reflected in the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations: “We the Peoples….”
F. Nekyia and the Grand Katabasis—The Theme of Descent into the Underworld
One of the great conventions of the classical Epic is the Nykia or Katabasis, the hero’s ordeal and adventure of descent into the Underworld. Thus in the Nekyia, the 11th book ov Homer’s Odyssey Odysseus makes a voyage to Hades to enlist the aid of the seer Tiresias, as is also reiterated in Vergil’s Aeneid. Similarly, in Dante’s Divina Commedia the action begins with Dante’s descent through the circles of hell in the Inferno, transiting Purgatory and ascending to Heaven prior to completing his cosmic odyssey and Grand Transit. This transit of the underworld constitutes a comprehensive archetype and mytheme of comparative mythology, embracing such figures as the descent of Orpheus into the underworld to bring his beloved Euridice back to the world of the living, and such figures of early religion as Innana and Persephone, who yearly alternates between the worlds of the living and the dead. Spiritus Mundi vigorously embraces this tradition in several dimensions, from the childhood fantasies of Gunther Gross in Chapter 5, to the encounter of Captain George Rose Sartorius with the demoness Lillith, “Sir She” in Chapter 26, to Sartorius’ descent into the hallucinogenic underworld of Mexico City’s “Theatro Magico” of Chapter 28, and culminating finally in the Grand Katabasis of Sartorius and the questors into the Central Sea at the center of the earth and their encounters with the Crystal Bead Game, the Mothers of the Island of Omphalos and their transit to the celestial Council of the Immortals in Book Two, Spiritus Mundi: The Romance.
Chapter 5 introduces this theme in an early foreshadowing of things to come through the account of Gunther Gross’ childhood and adolescent fantasies arising out of his conflicts with his father. He dreams and imagines himself in an island fortress fast in a lake within an extinct volcano in which he presides as a great Magus, and from which he descends to the center of the earth and transits to the heavens, acidly imagining God perched upon a ‘throne’ consisting of a celestial toilet bowl from which from time to time emanate the divine turds which fall upon the church house below, of which his father is the pastor.
Midway through the novel the theme and motif is again picked up in Sartorius’ reading of the naval logs of his illustrious seafaring ancestor, Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius, whose adventures criss-cross his own when he Scuba dives the wreck of a ship the Admiral lost in the Maldive Islands. The then young Captain’s Ship’s Logs and Diaries reveal an adventure of Odyssean proportions through rescue by a Princess on a remote island followed by capture by a sorceress, Lillith or “Sir She,” who wishes to marry him and make him immortal by infusing him with magical energies in the underworld of an extinct island volcano, and finally his sojourn as a guest of the “Sultan of the Sea of Stories“ prior to his ultimate rescue and repatriation.
Sartorius’ explorations of “the Underworld” in multiple dimensions continues in Chapter 28 through his alcoholic and hallucinogenic wanderings through Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, desperately trying to keep himself from suicide, and finally in his surreal adventures in the Otherwold and Underworld of the “Theatro Magico” of that city. There Sartorius re-enacts a descent into the Mayan Underworld of of the Popul Vuh in his encounter and defeat of Xibalba, the Lord of Death, together with Tiresias, his androgynous guide and companion from the nightclubs of Ciudad de Mexico. He also encounters the seductive yet horrorfying Otherworlds of Aztec human sacrifice and of sexual paradise.
The theme and motif of descent into the underworld climaxes in the Grand Katabasis of Sartorius and the questors into the Central Sea at the center of the earth and their encounters with the Crystal Bead Game, the Magister Ludi, “the Mothers” of the Island of Omphalos and their transit to the celestial Council of the Immortals in Book Two, Spiritus Mundi: The Romance. The Grand Katabasis commences at the birthplace of katabasis, the rugged mountains of Persia surrounding the religious center of Qom, where Goethe and Sun Wu Kong the Monkey King become the questors’ guides and then descends by steps to the coast of the Great Central Sea at the center of the earth where they encounter the Magister Ludi and the Crystal Bead Game, and continues on to the central Island of Omphalos where they must pass “The Mothers,” the Grand Sphinxes and the Fallen Angel Grigori—all guardians of the Umbilical Wormhole passage to the celestial realm of the Council of the Immortals. Having negotiated the Grand Katabasis of descent to the Portal on Omphalos the questors then Dantelike, to the Divine Anabasis, transiting the cosmic domain of the Council of the Immortals before returning to the sublunary and purgatorial struggles of Middle Earth,
G. The Theme of Spiritual Searching
H. The Theme of the Spirituality of Sexuality
I. The Theme of World Literature
As a major work of world literature itself, one of Spiritus Mundi’s themes is the re-enactment, portrayal and re-performance of the rise of World Literature as a necessary and desirable response to the unavoidable influence of globalization on all previous national literatures, binding them into a newly emerging corpus, canon and reality in the consciousness of modern humanity. In this major novel Sartorius and Gunther Gross criss-cross the world researching their joint-book of the emergence of World Literature in the Twenty-First Century fulfilling the prophecy of Goethe in the Nineteenth regarding his grounding concept of “Weltliteratur.” They make clear that no national literature can escape the tsunami of globalization and that all citizens of the Republic of Letters must be prepared to interpret their shared world in the light of the multi-national literary, artistic and spiritual common heritage of mankind. In so doing they build on the strengths of the canon of Western literature and culture which has driven and enabled that globalization, for better or worse, but also, in pursuit of the ideal of Matthew Arnold, to incorporate “the best that has been thought and felt in the world” by integrating the best of Asian, African, Islamic and Latin-American and other non-Western literatures and heritages into this foundation in the development of a universal literature as part of a shared universal civilization.
Within the novel itself one thread of the plot follows the outlines of this new body of World Literature through the research, interviews, dialogues and preparations of Sartorius and Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature Gunther Gross for their upcoming joint book on the subject, interviewing colleagues from Berlin to Mexico City to Beijing to South Africa to gather together the widest range of views and backgrounds. The duo set this quest in motion first in Chapter 5 entitled “Republic of Letters,” taking off from a discussion of the development of Chinese Literature and its potential contribution to a greater World Literature with their good friend Dr. Wolfgang Spitzer, a Sinologist and authority on the subject, which leads on to an all-horizons discussion of the concept of World Literature itself, tracing its beginning from its initial formulation by Goethe as “Weltliteratur” in the Gespraeche recorded by Eckermann, and the concept’s reinterpretation by Marx and Engels in the Manifesto, and on through various incarnations such as Matthew Arnold’s search for “the best that has been thought and felt in the world” to T.S. Eliot’s poly-composite “tradition” of his “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” This thread of discussion is then repeatedly taken up in the action of the novel in various regions of the world, including the discussion in Chapter 9 “In the Middle Kingdom” of Sartorius and Pari Kasiwal, Yoriko Oe, Teddy Zhou, Mustafa, Mohammad and Andreas in Beijing, focusing on the contributions of East Asian and South Asian and Islamic literatures, including Chinese and Japanese classics such as the Journey to the West, featuring the Monkey King, the Tale of Genji, of Madame Murakami, Indian classics such as the Ramayana of Valmiki and the Sakuntala of Kalidasa, and such Islamic greats as the Alf Layla wa Layla, or 1001 Nights and Attar’s Parliament of the Birds. The novel’s plot then picks up and follows this thread again in Chapter 28, “The Volcano’s Underworld” with Sartorius and Gross’s far-reaching discussions with Professor Carlos Rivera of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) which delve into the contributions of Latin American literature, from Borges to “El Boom” and the “Magical Realism” of Marquez and on to such Pre-Columbian classics as the Mayan “Popul Vuh,” which also provides part of the foundation for Sartorius’s later surreal adventures in the “Theatro Magico.” The contributions of African Literature to the greater body of World Literature are subsequently explored in the discussions of Chapter 31 “To the South of Eden” involving Wole Obatala, the noted Nigerian author and Professor Pieter Verhoven of the local University of Witwatersrand, touching upon such figures as Ogun, the Yoruba god-hero popularized by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, who later plays a part in the cosmic adventure of Sartorius in Book 2, and including evaluations of such African writers as Achebe, Mafouz Naguib, Thiongo, Coetzee and others.
In the course of these many discussions Sartorius propounds the outlines of their concept of the canon of World Literature as including three basic categories: as an established body of world classics, as an evolving canon of masterpieces, and a shifting selection of multiple windows on the world. The classics are foundational literary works so deeply embedded in great civilizational cultures that familiarity becomes necessary to understanding not only their literatures but also their peoples, cultures and cultural perspective as a whole, including such greats as the Ramayana of India,the Hong Lou Meng, or Dream of the Red Chamber of China or Shakespeare and Don Quixote of the West. All educated persons, as “citizens of the world” should have a superficial acquaintance with them and specialists and professionals can take and develop such knowledge broader and deeper as needed. The ‘masterpiece,’ on the other hand, can be an ancient or a modern work and need not have had any foundational cultural force but is celebrated for its artistic excellence and the delight and meaningful experience it gives, such as Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Joyce’s Ulysses or Marquez’s Hundred Years of Solitude. Finally, Goethe’s disquisitions on Chinese novels and Islamic literature such as Firdausi, Rumi and Hafiz, interest in works that would serve as windows into foreign worlds and a quantum broadening of the horizons and perspectives of the community or readers, whether or not these works could be construed as masterpieces and regardless of whether these differing worlds had any visible links to each other at all leads to the third major branch of our world literature—works of art as ‘windows on the world.’
All in all, Spiritus Mundi propounds a deep and powerful vision of the emerging body and institution of World Literature, and by so doing takes up a significant place within it as well.
J. The Theme of Myth—The Underworld of the Collective Unconscious
K. The Theme and Mission of Creating a United Nations World Parliament: Spiritus Mundi’s Real World Action Plan—an Urgent Call for Global Social and Political Action and Reform
A crucial aspect of the force of this powerful book, Spiritus Mundi, lies in its especial mission to awaken and lead in the real world, a real-life effort to create a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly through its work in mobilizing of public consciousness, support and pressure to that end. While a work of art is not reducible to any political program it may embrace or espouse, it is fundamental to the life of art that it lives indirectly, or on rarer occasion directly carries with it a capacity to reshape and direct human life and human history, in individual microcosm and in social macrocosm.
Thus every reader of the book is made aware that it tells the story of a true and living crusade and mission on which billions of people are presently embarked: the struggle to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly as a first step towards the further evolution of the system of global governance necessary to respond to the grave challenges of Globalization in the modern world. This is made most explicit in Appendix 2 of the book: A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly: Frequently Asked Questions, in which the complete program for the creation of such an assembly in the real world is mapped out and the reader is given suggestions on how they may actually contribute to the fulfillment of this goal.
Thus, like Brecht’s concept of Epic Theatre, the goal of the Global Epic Novel, Spiritus Mundi, is not simply to provide passive entertainment and catharsis as a work of art, but is rather also to challenge its readers to mobilize in active engagement, the consciousness and consensus necessary to shape and change history for the better. Its parallel quest to ground the institution of World Literature in aid and foundational support of the Parliamentry Assembly initiative, dovetails with its more explicit call to action.
The author, Professor Robert Sheppard in real life is a Professor of International Law and a leader in the struggle to create such a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. He is a member of the Advisory Council for a Democratic United Nations, accessible at http://www.kdun.org and of the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, accessible at http://en.unpacampaign.org/index.php. He is the author of numerous works on International Law and reform of the United Nations. In short the message of the book urging establishment of such a UN Parliamentary Assembly is a call to action in the real world addressed to each reader of the book Spiritus Mundi.
In real life and historical fact the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly has made rapid and impressive progress. Former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has led several international conferences urgently supporting this initiative has been endorsed by the European Parliament, the Pan-African Parliament and thousands of leaders and legislators worldwide. All of the “NewsFEED” entries reflect real world events and endorsements of this concept, including such persons as Nobel Prize winner Gunther Grass, Kofi Anan, Einstein, Ken Livingstone, Vaclav Havel and innumerable others. The book has a real world goal of accelerating this progress towards fruition and bringing about in the real world the outcome of the final chapter of Spiritus Mundi, which celebrates the opening of the first session of the newly established United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
The novel is thus designed to push forward the actual work of creating a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly as reflected in the fictitious adventures of Robert Sartorius, Andreas Sarkozy and the members of the Committee of the book. It is a book, like the occasional political novels such as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or such programmatic works as Tom Paine’s Common Sense and The Rights of Man or Gorky’s Mother, which reaches out with its literary hand to give history a shove forward in the right direction, even more rarely and occasionally succeeding. The book and its appendix gives each reader suggestions as to how they may get involved and make a personal contribution to the work of creating the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, and it is hoped that in reaction to reading the work they will actively do so. Should Spiritus Mundi’s real world influence in consciousness raising, consensus building and mobilizing support contribute to bringing about the true establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly it will have joined the thin ranks of those few books which in fact have changed the world. History and the future will judge its success or failure in this respect.
L. The Theme of Universal Civilization
One of the main themes of Spiritus Mundi is the affirmation of the universality of all human civilization and the necessity of building and nurturing a Universal Civilization in a globalized world in which all of the earth’s multiple cultures, civilizations and heritages by necessity are forced to come to terms with each other. One of the central aspects of the genre of the Global Novel is its engagement with and reflection of a greater part of the varied civilizations and heritages of mankind. In Spiritus Mundi the plot, action and characters cross the entire civilizational landscape of the modern world, including characters or action in Europe, North America, China, Japan and East Asia, South Asia and India, the Islamic world including Egypt and Iran, Africa, Russia, and Latin America, including the heritage of the Pre-Columbian Indians. While reflecting the great diversity of the heritage of mankind, including the potential for latent or outright conflict between its civilizations and peoples in their periodic Huntingtonian clashes, Spiritus Mundi rather affirms their underlying unity arising from their common rootedness in a common humanity, in a common collective unconscious and universal cultural heritage and in the underlying unity of the human species on Earth. While the potential of civilizations to “clash” drives the plot of Spiritus Mundi in the threat of World War III and nuclear Armageddon, the potential of civilizations to clasp and embrace in a common humanity and Universal Civilization is reflected in the countervailing crusade of all of the peoples of the earth to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, a seat of dialogue, compromise, mutual comprehension, mutual accommodation and of necessary unified action in a globalized world of globalized problems and challenges. Spiritus Mundi lays down the challenge to all peoples, nations and civilizations to be abuilding of the international institutions of theat Universal Civilization, and of the global culture rooted in a World Literature that in turn is rooted in the universal archetypes of our universal collective unconscious and the common heritage of mankind in our various cultures. Affirming the message of V.S. Naipaul in the Wriston Lecture on Universal Civilization, Spiritus Mundi re-enacts and re-affirms the underlying unity of humanity and human life on earth, where even genetically speaking all humans through their DNA are 99.99% the same with only some .01% difference as to nations, civilizations and individuals, and in which humanity is part of the further underlying Unity of all Life, in which we are genetically perhaps 90% or more identical or similar with the greater bulk of the life forms around us. Surely the 99.99% commonality has some good chance to overcome the 0.01% of difference, particularly when in a globalized world the very self-interest in survival of all of us on this smaller and smaller planet so much depends upon it.
M. The Theme and Motif of Liminality
“Liminality” comes from the Latin word limen meaning “a threshold.” Liminality and luminal states characterize the field of transition or “twilight zone” between two realms or orders of human experience and the special characteristics of the borderline or abyss which must be crosses in transiting between those realms and in which the laws of order and meaning of the two realms are blurred, suspended or do not apply, often with bizarre results. Thus, the liminal state is a state of transition or hiatus and is characterized by ambiguity, openness and indeterminacy, and characteristically occurs in fiction between the realms of the real and surreal, of waking consciousness and the realm of dream, the mundane world and the supernatural, or between the realms of the naturalistic and the mythic. In a liminal state one’s identity dissolves to some extent, bringing about disorientation during the process of transition. Thus liminality deals with the theme of borderlines, abysses, and states of transition and discontinuity from one realm, order or dimension into another, featuring depiction of the special energies, archetypes and rituals of such transitions, paralleling such archetypal transitions as those between the conscious world of waking reality and the unconscious world of dream, fantasy, imagination and myth.
In Spiritus Mundi, the experienced world is seen to comprise several dimensions, beginning with the realistic world of contemporary modern life inhabited by such characters as Sartorius, Andreas, Eva, Julian Jung pursuing careers, love affairs and political engagement. As the novel progresses this realistic realm reveals sub-worlds, double-worlds and sub-cultures, such as the realm of espionage of MI6 agent Etienne Dearlove and of CIA agent Jack Sartorius/McKinsey, and the realm of bi-sexuality and homosexuality of Yuchun, Yoriko and Etienne and later Tiresias.
While developing along severeral realistic plot-lines, as the work progresses side-doors begin to open upon several “hidden dimensions” or “parallel universes” of human experience, whose discontinuities and transitions reveal the potential of a more robust and full-blooded liminality. The first hint of this multi-dimensionality is introduced in Chapter 5, the “Republic of Letters” in which through Sartorius we are introduced to the childhood dream life and fantasies of his friend the Nobel Prize winning author Gunther Gross. In a foreshadowing of the transit of the chthonic and celestial realms of Book 2, the young Gunther imagines himself as the master of an island fortress within the crater lake of an extinct volcano where he encounters an “Ancient of Days Magus” in the form of his “Number 2 Personality.” He then dreams of a Dantesque passage to the center of the earth and its chthonic bacchic rites and then a Jacob-like ascent along a ladder to the heavens where he encounters God ensconced upon a divine toilet-bowl launching turds which fall upon Gunther’s father’s church below!
Later several brushes with parallel dimensions, orders and universes occur, including the Pari Kasiwar’s account during the Indian Holi Festival of how Lord Vishnu came in the form of a Narasimha— half-man and half-lion and killed Hiranyakashipu at dusk (which was neither day nor night), on the steps of the porch of his house (which was neither inside the house nor outside) by restraining him on his lap (which is neither in the sky nor on the earth) and mauling him with his claws (which are neither astra nor shastra).
Subsequently in the account of the sea adventures of Sartorius’ ancestor Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius which lead him into an encounter with Lillith, the dark sorceress “Sir She” in which he is tempted, and then his soujourn with the “Sultan of the Sea of Stories” in an island “interzone” between East and West, the real and the mythic, an ageless limboland of narrative which endlessly renews itself so long as the stories are told. There the Sultan and his guests such as Chinese Captain Zhou Chenggong become liminal beings with lifespans of Methusulan centuries.
Sartorius’s next liminal experience occurs in Mexico City where he first occupies a marginal world between sanity and insanity ovderdosed on alcohol and mescal on Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” where the division between the world of the living and of the dead is suspended in a carnival atmosphere. Here Sartorius’ guide is the bi-sexual Mexican night-club performer Tiresias/Theresa, who leads him to the “Theatro Magico.” Tiresias was also the guide of Odysseus in his grand katabasis to the underworld in The Odyssey, and he leads Sartorius into encounters with the surreal realms of the Mayan God of Death Xibalba, where liminal transformation, Lazarus-like, rising to life from death allows Sartorius and Tiresias to defeat the powers of the Mayan underworld from the Popul Vuh.
But it is really in Book 2: “Spiritus Mundi the Romance” that we experience the full powers of transit from the worldly dimension to those of the underworld and the cosmic realm. Captive within the underground caves of Qom, Iran where they have been taken hostage, Sartorius and his companions encounter sublime adventure as they meet guardian and guide figures Sun Wu Kong the Monkey King, liminal as half-human half-animal, half-magician, and Goethe, who Vergil-like serves as psychopomp and mentoring guide to the underworld and later the celestial overworld, paralleling Dante. Sarorius and his friends must encounter the Magister Ludi, the master of the Crystal Bead Game on which human fate on earth hangs, and then they must undertake a sacred quest for the Silmaril Seed Crystal, journeying to the Island of Omphalos in the grand sea at the center of the earth, guarded by “The Mothers” and the fallen-angel corps of the Grigori, who protect the “Unbilical Wormhole” passageway which leads from earth to the “Council of the Immortals” tucked within the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. As in the case of epic archetypal heroes such as Odysseys, Aeneas, Dante and Gilgamesh they must undergo testing, trials, ordeals and proof of their virtues to complete their quest and transit of the two realms. Critically, the pregnant Eva becomes a liminal key to their success as her pregnant form carrying her unborn son allows her to open the critical portal since with the manchild within her she is neither “man nor woman” but a liminal fusion of both, fertile and life-giving. Similarly when Mephisto’s subaltern Mundus attempts to ambush them at the same portal it is only in the liminal space of the interzone between the two sets of “Doors of Daat” that he can be defeated and slain. Mundus could not be killed during the day or night, nor indoors or outdoors, nor riding or walking, nor clothed nor slain with anything wet or dry, hard or soft——-instead the Argonauts kill him at dusk with Ogun and Hanuman’s ithyphallic rod, and with foam while wrapped in a net with one foot on a cauldron and one foot on the back of Schroediger’s Cat.
At the end of the work the heroes return to the world of contemporary modern reality via a miraculous subterranean transit with the aid of chthonic seas and Captain Nemo’s submarine, a liminal vehicle, which carries them to a secret passageway from Middle Earth to the Potala Palice in Tibet via the Sea of Agarthi and its borderland port where of old lamas have traded goods of the world above such as foodstuffs for subterranean crystals and mushrooms with the chthonic denizens below. The “Roof of the World” is thus itself a half-way house between heaven and earth and the realms of the Underworld.
(Tiresias/Pregnant Eva as Liminal figures) (Liminoids)
N. The Motif of Global Circumnavigation
Global circumnavigation is an included motif and sub-theme within the novel. The novel begins with Sartorius’ circumnavigation of the world on his Quest to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, from Beijing to New York, to Geneva to Berlin and back to Beijing. Sartorius’ life re-performs and echoes the voyage of Homer’s Odysseus in the tradition of Joyce’s Ulysses. Sartorius as a member of his extended family complete a Magellanic circumnavigation of the globe in time and space, beginning at the origins of Modernity with the voyage of the Sartorius clan’s Puritan ancestors from Little Gidding in the 1600’s to the Massachusetts and Virginia colonies, thence across the American frontier to California and onward to Beijing, China, and the Indian Ocean adventures of both Sartorius and his ancestor in the British Royal Navy, Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius, crossing paths in time and space with the illustrious global travelers of other civilizations: Ibn Battuta, the “Muslim Marco Polo,” and Chinese Treasure Fleet commander Admiral Zheng He. The global nature of this voyaging in time and space is underlined by the return of Sartorius to his village of family origin, Little Gidding, where, re-enacting the movement of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, Sartorius in life and death arrives at the place of his beginnings and knows it for the first time. Circumnavigating the wide world, like Ulysses he returns to recover and recreate his home and place of belonging within that wide world, marrying Eva, engendering new life in a new son and reuniting as a reconstituted family with his estranged son Jack.
This global circumnavigation is merged also into the dimension of the mythic in Book Two, in which Sartorius re-performs and re-echoes the questing voyage of the hero into an Otherworld comprising both an Underworld and Overworld, and his boon-bearing return. As Joseph Campbell iterated in his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, the Archetypal Hero, embracing such figures as Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Christ, Buddha, Aneas, Dante, Don Quixote and a thousand others, will complete a circular pattern of such voyage into the Netherworld and return in completion of the spiritual Odyssey. His voyage is frought with danger and requires transformation, re-birth and the infusion of enhanced powers to allow survival and return. As such Sartorius’ quest and journey completes both a transit of geographical and historical globalization and also a transit of spiritual globalization, embracing and uniting multiple underworlds, overworlds, netherworlds and otherworlds as well as circumnavigating our own in quest of a newer cosmic unity. The motif of Circumnavigation is further accented in the book through Sartorius’ poetry, most specifically in the poem “Magellantic Vision” which concludes with the words “Yin and Yang have circumnavigated eachother.”
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Spiritus Mundi, Novel by Robert Sheppard: Setting, Style, Structure and Genre
Posted on February 12, 2011 by robertalexandersheppard
1. Setting———Locations of Novel’s Principal Action
A. Global Setting
Significantly, the setting of Spiritus Mundi as a “Global Novel” or “Global Epic” takes in the virtually the entire globalized modern world, as is reflected in the Table of Contents as the chapter headings move from Beijing to New York to Geneva, Berlin, London, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, the Maldives of the Indian Ocean, Southern Africa, Mexico City, Jerusalem, Iran and Tibet. This reflects the movement of the action of this Epic Novel of Modernity, centered around the quest to raise global consciousness and will for the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, an undertaking in modern dimensions equivalent to the siege of Troy in the Iliad or the quest to found the eternal city of Rome in the Aeneid. In essence it is also the story of the founding of a people, in this case the “People of the World” in their initial struggle for unity, reflected in the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations: “We the Peoples….”
1. Social Panorama
1. Mythical Dimensions and Otherworlds
1. Style, Point of View and Variety of Texts
Spiritus Mundi exhibits a wide variety of texts, styles and narrative Points of View. These include traditional Third-Person narrative interspliced with the First-Person Blogs of the three principal narrators, Sartorius, Eva and Andreas. In addition Sartorius’ Blog contains regular entries of his poems, included regularly in Book One. Several chapters have unique narrative styles and texts. Chapter 8, Frequentlhy Asked Questions contains a large section composed of semi-rhetorical questions and answers, reminiscent of sections of Joyce’s Ulysses. The narrative action is interspaced with “Newsfeeds” written in the style of Internet RSS Feeds and providing breaking news related to the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. This enlivens the textuality of the book with the texture and feel of the New Media and is reminiscent of the news and “Camera Eye” and newsreels of Dos Passos, introducing the new media of the Internet into the text just as Dos Passos introduced the then new media of the motion picture and newsreel. Similarly the Blogs and Blog Journals of Sartorius, Eva and Andreas contribute the multiple-points of view and perspective associated with Faulkner, but also the contemporanaeity and intimacy of the Internet Age. Chapter 20, “Cyclops” is written in the form of a Transcript of a Congressional Hearing, conveying the aura of historicity along with oral spontanaeity. It also, as its title suggests, in the tradition of Joyce recapitulates an episode of the Odyssey in the guise of modern life, allusively likening the curmudgeon Congressman Ron Pall to Odysseus’ Cyclops in the nativist unifocality of his limited vision of the wider world. Chapter 26 contains the “Naval Diaries and Ships’ Logs of Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius” which provides another voice and first-person perspective, and constitutes, in effect, an embedded novella within the greater work with its account of Captain Sartorius’ shipwreck in the Maldive Islands and the romance of his encounter with the sorceress Lillith, “Sir She” and with the Sultan of the Sea of Stories. Chapter 28, “The Volcano’s Underworld” of Book One, with its special treatment of the surreal adventure of the “Teatro Magico” in Mexico City, told uniquely in part in the Second Person, also constitutes virtually an embedded mini-novella within the greater work, and exhibits the unique stle and energy of drug-induced hallucination, alcoholic delusion and a surreal adventure into the imaginative underworld. Chapter 33 perform a Moibus-strip or M.C. Escher like trompe-l’oeil inversion of the book self-referentially writing itself as Sartorius sets out to compose the novel within the novel.
Book Two, “Spiritus Mundi: The Romance” as the title suggests indicates a shift of gears, that is from the focus of the genre of the Novel grounded in realistic mimesis and verisimilitude to that of the Romance, which asserts a greater degree of freedom to diverge from the mundane probable to the realm of the mythic, the cosmic and the fantastic. Its action includes abrupt historical crisis as well as a divergence into the mythical dimension of a voyage to the center of the Earth, the discovery of the Crystal Bead Game and the Magister Ludi, encounter with the Mothers and Fallen-angel Grigori, and the transit of the cosmic Wormhole to the Council of the Immortals in the Black Hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Its tone is grounded in the realistic context of the characters but verges from there into the mythic and the archetypal.
At every juncture, the style is heavily allusive and intertextual, making constant reference and allusion to the classical works of World Literature in the tradition of Joyce’s Ulysses, including similarly parallel episodes of action and constant reference to Homer’s Odyssey, but also alluding to hundreds of various works in the canon of world literature. This parallels the significant theme of the novel, depicting and re-performing the rise of World Literature as such and deepens the reading experience and resonance of the work.
1. Genre—The Emerging Genres of the Global Novel and the Global Epic
Spiritus Mundi grounds sets the benchmark for the emerging genre of the Global Novel or Global Epic in English. The Global Novel is distinguished by the global focus of its setting, themes, characters and action. Its structure is international and multi-cultural in nature, but transcends mere bi-lateral intercultural accounts to take a globalized perspective reflecting the emerging modern globalized unity of the world, transcending any particular clash of cultures. It most often addresses the underlying unity of human experience, genetic and ecological heritage, anthropological and historical development since the agricultural and industrial revolutions of the past ten thousand years, and the shared archetypes of the human collective unconscious transcending cultural differences. The Global Epic, as a sub-genre, extends the genre of the epic, focusing on the story of the history and place in the universe of a people, to the narrative of the emergence of the “People of the World,” on a global and transnational scale, with its attendant revolutionary emergence of global consciousness and will, and the emergence of new institutions to enable their realization in action.
The emergence of the Global Novel in English is also seen as part of the globalization of the English Language as the lingua franca and international language of the world, Global English, whereby English and American Literature, or Literature in Global English is seen as not merely the language and literature of its nation or origin or even of its multi-national community of native speakers, but increasingly as the common heritage of mankind. Just as the Classical Greek and Latin languages became the lingua franca and common heritage of mankind in which number of international literati dwarfed the numbers of native speakers, so Literature in English has become the principal medium through which the consciousness of the world expresses itself internationally, and the concerns of that World Literature in English must necessarily transcend the narrower concerns of English-speaking nations. Increasingly global writers will focus not primarily on writing “The Great American Novel” as much as on writing “The Great Global Novel.” This also reflects the emergence of “World Literature” as the common heritage of mankind, building on the founding concepts of Goethe’s “Weltliteratur” in all languages.
Additionally, Spiritus Mundi embraces and embodies multiple traditional genres. It is at once a historical novel, a technothriller of espionage and intrigue, a blog-epistolary novel, a novel of sexual romance, a novel of ideas, a political novel, a novel including lyric poetry, a fantasy novel or novel of magical realism, a utopian or prophetic futurist novel, a surreal novel, and a panoramic novel of contemporary society. Like James Joyce’s Ulysses, Spiritus Mundi recapitualates, echoes and re-performs the major genres and literary models of the past, while setting a benchmark for the genres and literary models of the future. Like the major classics of political and social activism such as Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Octopus, The Jungle, or Disraeli’s Sybil, The Two Nations, Spiritus Mundi is an urgent call to action to all of its readers to join the crusade to create a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly to deal with the vast challenges of modern globalization, accompanied by a concrete “Action Plan” outlined in the Appendix 2 section of the book. Additionally, within the overall unity of Spiritus Mundi itself are found its two constituent parts: Book One—The Novel, and Book Two—The Romance. This division is meant to be partially illusory, as the book formed by these two halves constitutes an overarching whole which transcends any artificial division into parts or genres. Nonetheless, the difference in emphasis in the character and tone of the two components justifies the reference to the two subordinate genres, the novel and the romance. The frontpiece to Book Two makes reference to the distinction drawn by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his Preface to the House of the Seven Gables between the two genres, pointing up the fidelity of the novel to not only the realm of the possible, and even to that of the commonly accepted probable in human affairs, while the romance is given a greater license, while still restrained by the laws of art and fidelity to the workings of the human heart, to stray into the realm of the improbable—–even to venture into that of the “Marvellous” or the palpably fantastic. This distinction is somewhat blurred in the modern phenomenon of “Magical Realism” to which tradition Spiritus Mundi also belongs in part. Thus in the course of the same overall work Spiritus Mundi in Book Two signals, as it were, a shift of gears while the same vehicle continues upward along the same narrative road, but perhaps with a greater torque of the imagination engaged to reach its furthest and steepest upward slopes of development and the denoument of its final destination. Acccordingly, the action shifts from the predominantly realistic realm of the panorama of present global society to the quantum leap first into geopolitical crisis and threatened nuclear war, then to a fantastic journey to the center of the earth and involvement in the Crystal Bead Game of the Magtister Ludi, and thence onward on the quest for the Seed Crystal led by Sartorius and his band of venturers to the cosmic nether realm of the Council of the Immortals. While, like similar epic voyages of The Odyssey, The Aeneid, and Dante’s Divine Comedy, this transit involves elements of the fantastic or the worldly improbable, it nonetheless conforms convincingly to the the desiderata of the laws of art and the contours of the human heart made visible through the archetypes of the collective unconscious of all mankind.
1. Divisions and Structure of the Novel: Books One and Two–Spiritus Mundi, the Novel and Spiritus Mundi, the Romance
Within the overall unity of Spiritus Mundi itself are found its two constituent parts: Book One—The Novel, and Book Two—The Romance. This division is meant to be partially illusory, as the book formed by these two halves constitutes and overarching whole transcending the two parts. Nonetheless, the difference in emphasis in the character and tone of the two components justifies the reference to the two subordinate genres, the novel and the romance. The frontpiece to Book Two makes reference to the distinction drawn by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his Preface to the House of the Seven Gables between the two narrative traditions, pointing up the greater fidelity of the novel to not only the realm of the possible, and even to that of the commonly accepted probable in human affairs, while the romance is given a greater license, while still restrained by the laws of art and fidelity to the workings of the human heart, to stray into the realm of the improbable—–even to venture into that of the “Marvellous” or the palpably fantastic. Thus in the course of the same overall work Spiritus Mundi in Book Two signals, as it were, a shift of gears while the same vehicle continues upward along the same road and common objective, but perhaps with a greater torque of the imagination engaged to reach its furthest upward slopes of development and the denoument towards its final destination. Acccordingly, the action shifts from the predominantly realistic realm of the present global society of Book One, in a quantum leap, first into global geopolitical crisis and threatened nuclear Armageddon, then to a fantastic journey to the center of the earth and involvement in the Crystal Bead Game of the Magister Ludi, and thence onward on the quest for the Seed Crystal led by Sartorius and his band of venturers to the cosmic nether realm of the Council of the Immortals. While, like similar epic voyages of The Odyssey, The Aeneid, and Dante’s Divine Comedy, or of Verne this transit involves elements of the fantastic or the worldly improbable, it nonetheless conforms convincingly to the the desiderata of the laws of art and the contours of the human heart made visible through the archetypes of the collective unconscious of all mankind.
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Appendix to Spiritus Mundi, Novel: List of Principal Characters
Posted on February 12, 2011 by robertalexandersheppard
II. Appendix 2: Index of Principal Characters
Robert Sartorius, Professor and principal leader and theorist for the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, divorced father of Jack Sartorius who overcomes a life crisis of faith and attempted suicide to marry Eva Strong and push the Parliamentary Assembly campaign towards a successful conclusion, though Moses-like dying before its final implementation. His travels in Book One echo those of the legendary Odysseus of the Odyssey, including the sea adventures of the Neptune’s Fury chapter, and the famous katabasis, or descent into Hell in the Volcano’s Underworld and Teatro Magico chapters; his later cosmic questing and travels in Book Two: Spiritus Mundi The Romance, including a voyage to the Great Central Sea at the center of the earth and discovery of the Magister Ludi of the Crystal Bead Game, the encounter with the mythical Mothers on the Island of Omphalos, and his transiting of the Cosmic Wormhole to the Council of the Immortals at the Black Hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy to plead for the rescue of the human race from extinction, echo those of Dante in the Divine Comedy, the Isra and Mi’ra of the Kitab al-Miraj and of Goethe’s Faust; his quest for the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly parallels the quest for the Simurgh in The Parliament of the Birds, by Farid ud-Din Attar.
Eva Strong, single mother and part-time employee of the Committee for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly in London, she first has an unsuccessful sexual affair with Andreas Sarkozy and then falls in love with and marries Robert Sartorius, later accompanying him in his campaign efforts and later questing adventures. She lives with her daughter Sarah and cousin Vanessa and Vanessa’s son Robby. Echoes Penelope in the Odyssey. In Book Two she accompanies her beloved Robert on the cosmic quest for the Missing Seed Crystal, the Silmaril on which the fate of the human race depends.
Andreas Sarkozy, Executive Director of the Committee for a United Nations Parliamentary “Assembly and the Global Appeal campaign leader and organizer, is a freedom loving and sexually adventurous ex-South African soldier turned idealistic international lawyer who has a temporary sexual affair with Eva Strong while hard at work for the Parliamentary Assembly campaign. In Book II he becomes one of the band of Argonauts accompanying Sartorius to the Crystal Bead Game and on the Quest to the Island of Omphalos and through the wormhole to the Council of the Immortals at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy to save the world by recovering the Missing Seed Crystal, the Silmaril. After Sartorius’ death he takes command of the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and with President Barret Osama and the new United Nations Secretary-General Clinton is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the establishment of the Parliamentary Assembly.
Günter Gross, German winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, is Sartorius’ longtime friend with whom he collaborates in both his support for the Parliamentary Assembly campaign and in researching and writing a book on the rise of World Literature, building on Goethe’s idea of “Weltliteratur.”
Osiris, erratic sex and drug crazed globally popular rock singer superstar who heads up the celebrities supporting the “People Power” Global Appeal campaign and telethon for the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. He later becomes the focus of a pulp media messianic religious cult, taking on the personal of the new Messiah until his asassination.
Isis, rock singing superstar and estranged wife of Osiris and member of their rock group, The Angels of Thoth. While estranged from Osiris because of his infidelities she strikes up a sexual love affair with Jack Sartorius, Robert Sartorius’ son. She works in support of the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and becomes involved in a Sufi cult at a Sufi Meditation Centre in London. In Book Two she has a religious conversion following the nuclear detonation in Jerusalem and the killing of Osiris and dedicates her life to spirituality as “Mother Isis.”
Jack Sartorius, estranged son of Robert Sartorius who grows up far from his father in the custody of his recently deceased mother following his parents’ contested divorce. He becomes a CIA agent assigned to counter-terrorism duties under the cover name of Jack McKinsey, and is assigned to work with the campaign and investigate its infiltration by terrorist cells. As a cover for his CIA activities he is employed as a top executive of Jung Communications, an international Public Relations, Media and Government Relations agency. Jack echoes the character Telemachus in the Odyssey. In Book Two Jack takes a central role as organizer of the Jerusalem telethon for the UNPA and as a CIA agent where he encounters Khlorindah and Tancredi. He is captured with his father by the terrorists led by Mustafa and taken captive to Iran, where escaping, he becomes one of the Argonauts on a cosmic quest to save humanity from destruction by retrieving the Missing Seed Crystal, the Silmaril from the Immortals.
Etienne Dearlove, a British MI6 agent under cover as a Reuters/BBC journalist who organizes the “Nightingale” espionage project in Beijing which uses a planted computer Ghost Program to transmit records of secret Chinese Politburo meetings to British intelligence. Though having a wife and child in London, he is the lover of Yoriko Oe and in pursuit of his espionage ends involves her in a ménage-a-trois with Zhou Yuchun, office manager to Chinese Politburo member Minister Luo Chunwang. In Book Two, Etienne experiences the geopolitical cataclysm which leads to an incipient WWIII and the expansion of NATO to include Russia and Japan, and become the new “C,” or head of MI6 British Intelligence.
Yoriko Oe, is the Japanese East Asia coordinator for the Committee and daughter of a high executive of Toshiba. To escape her parents insistence on a traditional Japanese marriage she moves to Beijing in pursuit of her lover Etienne Dearlove and becomes involved in a bi-sexual ménage-a-trois with Etienne Dearlove and Zhou Yuchun. She also has a brief sexual fling with Andreas Sarkozy.
Zhou Yuchun, is the office manager for Chinese Politburo member Minister Luo Chunwang. In her study abroad in Tokyo she becomes primarily lesbian, though bisexual, which she conceals from her bosses. She falls in love with Yoriko Oe and has a lesbian cum ménage-a-trois affair with her and Etienne. It is through her that Etienne Dearlove as a British MI6 agent is able to install an espionage Ghost Program on her computers to transmit the records of the Chinese Politburo to British intelligence. At the end of Book Two, imbued with the Japanese bushido culture from her overseas studies, she commits ritual suicide on the collapse of her world.
Mohammad Ala Rushdie, is an Egyptian former Cambridge student who with Mustafa heads the Mid-East section of the Parliamentary Assembly Committee. He becomes a mystic, novice and dervish in a Sufi order operating a Meditation Centre in London, all while under the surveillance of British MI5 as a falsely suspected terrorist. In Book II he is taken hostage with Sartorius in Jerusalem and held as a human shield in Iran’s underground nuclear processing facilities outside Qom and then goes on to participate in the epic Quest for the Missing Seed Crystal, the Silmaril in the Crystal Bead Game to save humanity. He is also a writer and while in captivity is invited to read his story “The Parable of the Supreme Leader and the Three Messiahs” to Iran’s Supreme Leader, which contributes to the Supreme Leader’s change of heart and abandonment of the Triple Axis Conspiracy with Russia and China to seize the Middle-Eastern oil deposits in Saudi Arabia. At the end of Book Two following the nuclear catastrophe in Jerusalem and his Sufi calling, he joins Mother Isis and the Global Progressive Spiritual Alliance in their quest for nurturing a global spiritual rebirth.
Mustafa bin Salaman al Khalifa, is the son of a wealthy Bahraini family and former fellow student of Mohammad at Cambridge. While ostensibly managing his family’s investments in London and serving as the co-chief of the Parliamentary Assembly Campaign Committee, Mustafa is in reality an agent of the Iranian Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards and the prime operative in executing the secret conspiracy of the reactionary factions of China, Russia and Iran to join forces in a new Axis to mount a surprise attack on the Middle-East oil reserves in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Gulf. He is the primary organizer of the conspiracy to conceal an atomic bomb in a Chinese Teracotta Warrior which is detonated in Jerusalem along with the taking of celebrity hostages which provides the cover for a joint Chinese/Russian/Iranian attempt to seize the oil fields of the Middle East, precipitating an impending WWIII. At the end of Book II it is revealed that Mustafa is in fact a time-travelling fugitive from justice in the 23rd Century who flees into the past after a failed attempt to overthrow the democratic world government of the Republic of the United States of Earth, founded on the successful beginnings of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
Julian Jung, founder of international Public Relations, media, advertising and government relations agency Jung Communications, is in charge of media strategy for the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and manages the careers and brand images for Osiris and Isis. He is a world renown “Spinmaster” and media manipulator who has even managed the public relations and political media campaigns of the British Prime Minister. He is married to the daughter of media supermagnate Rupert Madox.
Teddy Zhou (or Zhou Tieya), is Sartorius’ fellow professor and best friend at Peking University in Beijing who saves his life by rushing him to hospital after his suicide attempt and subsequently is paid back when Sartorius in turn saves his life during their Scuba diving adventures in the Maldives. Like Sartorius, Teddy Zhou comes from a seafaring family and like Sartorius’s ancestor Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius, one of his ancestors was shipwrecked in the Maldives in the time of Zheng He’s Treasure Fleet. Diving on both wrecks is their common goal in vacationing together in the Maldives.
Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius, is Sartorius’ ancestor who fought in the British Navy under Lord Nelson at Trafalgar and later suffered a shipwreck in the Maldives, which wreck Sartorius and his friend Teddy Zhou seek to visit and dive upon on their Scuba diving holiday en route to taking up residence in London. Sartorius discover’s the Admiral’s journal and reads of his adventures following the shipwreck, including accounts of his visit to the island of the Sorceress Queen Lilith, and his captivity on the island of the Sultan of the Sea of Stories, where he also crosses paths with Zheng He and Ibn Batuta, famous venturers from the East.
Orlando Tasso, (aka Orlando Tancredi) in Book II is an agent of the Italian intelligence service the AISE, (Italy’s Agenzia Informazionie Sicurezza Estema or “Italian MI6”) and former Carabinieri on loan to the NATO Joint Anti-Terror Team (JATT) and British MI6 in London and in Jerusalem. Under cover as the Italian rock singer Tancredi he falls hopelessly and recklessly in love with Khlorindah, causing conflict and professional ineffectiveness between himself and Jack. Tasso echoes the motifs of Gerusalemme liberata and Orlando Furioso.
Khlorinda Sofronia Darwah, in Book II is a beautiful Palestinian Rai music Chaba singer performing in nightclubs in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with whom Orlando falls uncontrollably in love and who also infatuates Jack, leading the two into conflict; She proves to be a participant in the principal conspiracy organized through Mustafa to set off a nuclear device in Jerusalem and take former Presidents Carter and Clinton hostage as human shields to prevent American/Israeli attacks on Iran and enable the Triple Axis of China, Russia and Iran to seize the oilfields of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Middle-East, thus dominating the Eurasian and world balance of power with the West. She is invited by Jack to sing at the Jerusalem telethon in Teddy Stadium and then takes part in the hostage taking, flying with the hostage takers to Iran where she Sartorius and Mohammad meet the Supreme Leader in the underground nuclear facilities at Qom.
Ambassador Buck Bolger, the reactionary American Ambassador to the United Nations and Robert Sartorius’ former law school classmate from the University of California, Berkeley who blocks Sartorius’ initiative to create a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, an old colleague of Sartorius’ with whom he worked as a low-level officer in the UN many years ago who while personally supporting the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly Project refuses to actively support the Parliamentary Assembly program because of the opposition of the United States and other powerful western countries who control his funding.
Christina Senghor, head of the African section of the Committee for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
Anna Maria Iglesias, head of the Latin American section of the Committee and girlfriend of Pari Kasiwar.
Vanessa, the cousin of Eva Strong who shares Eva Strong’s house in London where they live with Eva’s daughter Sarah and Vanessa’s son Robby. She is a minor London stage and screen actress separated from her American film-director husband.
Sarah, Eva Strong’s daughter who has just commenced studying at a girl’s boarding school in the English countryside and who is just breaking away from Eva trying to form her own identity.
Old Johnny Benn, is an older hard-Left Marxist former TUC labour union leader colleague of Eva’s in the London office of the Committee for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly with whom Eva has a discussion on the futility of struggling for idealistic causes seemingly doomed to failure such as Marxism and the Committee work.
Nicolas Oblomov, is a graphic artist who assists Eva in her work preparing matrials for the UNPA Committee and who regresses to a state of fatalistic laziness and infantilism, withdrawing from a disappointing world into the refuge of his bed.
Pari Kasiwar, of India is the South Asia coordinator for the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. He and Sartorius have deep discussions about the emergence of World Literature and Indian Literature as Sartorius prepares his book on the subject. He and his girlfriend Jennie Zheng relate their experience of partly growing up Asian-American in the USA in Book One, and he introduces her to Indian culture, spirituality and the sexuality of the Kama Sutra. They pursue their spiritual growth and interests together with the Global Progressive Spiritual Alliance, culminating in their founding as spiritual soulmates an Ashram at the Dal Lake embracing “The New Kama Sutra of the Spirit” at the end of Book Two.
Professor Dr. Wolfgang Spitzer, professor of Sinology and Chinese Literature at the Free University of Berlin with whom Sartorius and Günter Gross discuss Chinese Literature and the emerging category and institution of World Literature, or Weltliteratur, in Berlin.
Myron Greenberg, a young recruit at the CIA whom Jack Sartorius trains as his own replacement in the analytical department of the counter-terrorism section.
Jack McKinsey, is Jack Sartorius’ cover name and identity while working for Jung Communications while an undercover agent for the American CIA.
Admiral Orwell, the Director of National Intelligence of the USA overseeing the CIA and other intelligence operations and directly under the President.
President Barret Osama, elected as President of the United States in the course of the book is a liberal black president who succeeds the former conservative president following the World Financial Crisis. When the Triple Axis powers China, Russia and Iran threaten to seize Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Middle-Eastern oilfields he leads NATO’s resistance, and after the Chinese then attack Russian Siberia he invites Russia and Japan to join NATO which then defeat the Chinese invasion. President Osama then becomes the first man in world history to be awarded two Nobel Peace Prizes when he earns his second one for his support of the creation of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly at the close of the book.
“C” is the codename for the head of Britain’s MI6 or Secret Intelligence Service headquartered at Vauxhall Cross in London.
Sir Endymion Needham, is the head of the MI6 China Desk and Controllerate and a former classmate of “C” at Cambridge. He has top secret clearance to translate and report on the secretly transmitted files and transcripts of the Chinese Politburo known by codenamed “Nightingale,” which reveal the secret conspiracies and war aims of reactionary factions of the Axis nations China, Russia and Iran.
Minister Luo Chunwang, of the Chinese Politburo is a powerful minister overseeing the Chinese Ministry of State Security, or Chinese CIA, and a leader of the Taizi Dang, or Princeling Party a reactionary faction of the privileged sons of elite Party members. He is tall, athletic and vigorous, fluent in English having studied at the London School of Economics, yet highly nationalistic and aggressive. He is the prime force behind the formation of the China, Russia and Iran Axis and its adventure towards seizing control of the Middle-East oil reserves and towards supplanting the West as the dominant force in Eurasia and in the global balance of power.
Joel Barlow, is the CIA Station Chief in London, and as such sits by unique custom on the British Joint Intelligence Committee, the highest coordinating body under the Prime Minister working intimately with MI6. He is mentor and supervisor to Jack Sartorius, aka Jack McKinsey in London and a senior channel of communication between MI6 and the CIA, NSA, Director of National Intelligence and the American President in Washington, D.C. He is married to Willa Barlow, a genteel Southern American lady who takes Jack under her wing as a mother-figure when he arrives in London.
Joel Mentes, is a senior CIA controller working under cover as a Vice-President of Jung Communications in Washington, D.C. He is Jack Sartorius’ boss in the CIA Clandestine Service, or operational side, and he is also Sartorius’ boss and supervisor inside Jung Communications, managing Jack’s cover identity and role as Jack McKinsey.
Ambassador Turttow, is the reactionary American Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London under the former conservative administration who at a party at Winfield House criticizes Jack’s work with the Committee for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and praises Ambassador Buck Bolger’s defeat of Robert Sartorius’ initiative at the UN.
Alexander Abramovich Medvedev, is a fabulously wealthy Russian billionaire oligarch and former KGB officer. Owner of the world’s largest private yacht, private jets, helicopters, football clubs and luxury cars he also a backer of the Committee for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. He entertains Sartorius, Jack, Andreas and other Committee staff on his yacht, the Omnimaw, for his lavish birthday party, and at the end of the novel is instrumental in assisting MI6 in warning Russia of China’s planned invasion of Siberia and of facilitating Russia’s entry into NATO to counter the invasion. He is married to Fortunata, a nouveau riche Russian woman, with whom he uproariously celebrates his birthday on his yacht, the Omnimaw.
Earnest Huxley and Peter Townsend, are a team of MI5 agents in London assigned to conduct surveillance of Mustafa and Mohammed, amoung others, suspected of involvement in Islamic terrorist operations or financing. They collaborate with Jack at MI5 Headquarters at Thames House in his counter-terror work with the CIA, including review of the files on Mohammad and Mustafa.
Candy Bryson, is a high-priced London prostitute who is often hired by Mustafa and who also regularly informs on him to Scotland Yard and MI5. She also is hired by Russian billionaire Alexander Abramovich Medvedev to entertain his guests aboard his luxury yacht for his gala birthday party, including Sartorius, Andreas and Jack.
Peter Eumaeus, of Ithaca, New York and Washington, D.C. is a homeless US Marine WWII veteran who has lost his house and savings in the World Financial Crisis whom Jack Sartorius befriends and who counsels him to reconcile with his father before it is too late. Eumaueus echoes the role of the eponymous character in the Odyssey.
Elton Brown, world famous rock singer, songwriter, and friend of Princess Diana who has a brief homosexual affair with Osiris.
Joaquim, a young teenage forced-child-soldier in Mozambique’s South African backed Renamo resistance to the Marxist Frelimo party who is befriended by Andreas Sarkozy when he is assigned there as a South African special forces soldier. Together they jump into the flooding Zambezi river to escape execution by Frelimo and Andreas helps him first to enter a UN Refugee camp and later to get an EU scholarship to study in England, during which time Joaquim visits Andreas at his university in Germany.
Hennie and Ferdie, two rustic Afrikaaner pilots flying for relief agencies who help Andreas and Joaquim on the run from the Frelimo during the Mozambique civil war and fly them to the Zambian border where Joaquim enters a UN Refugee Camp and Andreas resigns his commission in the South African army and emigrates to join his mother in Germany.
Mohammad’s Sufi Pir, Shayk Mehmet Nâzım Adil is Mohammad’s Pir or mentor and Sufi spiritual master and head of the Sufi Order who meets and guides Mohammad at the London Sufi Meditation Centre of the Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Order.
Yang Yanshen, is a Chinese dissident survivor of the Tian An Men Massacre in 1989 who is interviewed by Etienne Dearlove for Reuters/BBC after his release after serving fourteen years of a life imprisonment sentence and finding his life destroyed. Dearlove meets him at the a free rock benefit concert on behalf of the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly at Beijing’s Chaoyang Park at which Osiris has a dubious religious experience under the influence of drugs.
Jennie Zheng, a student of Sartorius at Peking University who works a volunteer in China for the UN Parliamentary Assembly program and is interviewed by Etienne Dearlove for his Blog Live! Column in which she relates her experience growing up as an Amerian-Born Chinese(ABC), or Asian-American caught between two cultures and in search of her own identity. Later in Book II after the nuclear detonation in Jerusalem and the trauma of war between the United States and China she turns inward spiritually, and together with her boyfriend from India, Pari Kasiwar, takes part in the Global Spiritual Progressive Alliance, founding an Ashram at Dal Lake and publishing her spiritual autobiography: “My Xi You Ji: A Personal Journey to the West via the East, or the New Kama Sutra of the Spirit.”
Swami Narendranath Ramakrishna, is the Hindu holy man encountered by Pari Kasiwar and Jennie Zheng in Beijing at the Holi celebration and who gives them guidance in their spiritual searching and development.
Lee Young Chul, a former bodyguard to North Korea’s Dear Leader who is brutally imprisoned and then escapes to China where he is interviewed by Etienne Dearlove for Reuters/BBC at the time Russia and China invade and occupy North Korea after chaos breaks out on the death of the Dear Leader.
Representative Ron Pall, Texas is a neo-isolationistist conservative in the United States House of Representatives and US Presidential Candidate who as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on International Organizations opposes Sartorius’ efforts to aid the passage of a Joint Congressional Resolution supporting creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. Pall is a constitutional “strict constructionist” and crypto-libertarian who has earned the nickname of “Dr. No” for opposing almost everything the Federal government attempts to do, nationally and internationally, and for advocating the total withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations through the perennially introduced “American Sovereignty Restoration Act,” the return to the gold standard, the abolition of the Federal Reserve, abolition of the Income Tax. He sees the United Nations as the vehicle of a clandestine conspiracy to impose socialistic world government and thereby slavery upon the American people. Sartorius’ combat with Pall corresponds to that of Ulysses with the one-eyed Cyclops in the Odyssey.
Representative Keith Ellisha, one of the first Muslim US Congressmen and progressive politician and member of the Global Spiritual Progressive Alliance, who supports’ Sartorius and Sarkozy in their efforts to have the US House of Representatives endorse a Resolution supporting the creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
Padraig Moynihan, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, member of the Global Spritual Progressive Alliance, recipient of the Ghandi Peace Prize and three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. He supports Sartorius in his unsuccessful efforts to have the US House of Representatives pass a Resolution in favor of creating a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, though his views are more extreme and radical than Sartorius’ own.
Richard Toynbee, classmate of Etienne Dearlove who joins British MI6 with him and who later becomes a whistleblower exposing corruption and abuse of power in MI6 which leads to his dismissal. He files lawsuits and writes books critical of the SIS. Etienne Dearlove is later subjected to a lie detector test to determine if he has aided Toynbee in his dissident activities.
General Bill Winton, the J-3, or Director of Operations of the American Joint Chiefs of Staff, who briefs the British Joint Intelligence Committee on the Russian and Chinese invasion of North Korea after the Dear Leader’s death.
Sir Alex Allworth, Permanent Secretary for Intelligence and Resiliance who chairs the British Joint Intelligence Committee meeting in COBRA, (the Cabinet Office Building Conference-Room A), that is the British ‘situation room’ attended by CIA Station Chief Joel Barlow on Russia and China’s invasion of North Korea.
Qwerty Quex Scrivener, Chief Polygraphist for British MI6 is Etienne Dearlove’s nemesis as he tries to administer a lie detector test to prove that Etienne has aided his friend Richard Toynbee in whistleblowing and exposing corruption and abuse of power at the higher levels of MI6 management. Etienne foils Scrivener and the lie detector by clever strategems.
Sheik Doctor Nazim Hisham, is a bogus and mercenary Sufi sect leader who enlists the presence of international celebrities such as Isis and Osiris to amass personal wealth, self-importance and power. With the aid of Isis’s money he opens a Sufi Meditation Centre in London which Jack and Isis attend, and builds a personal cult around himself. He is contrasted with Mohammad’s own Pir, or Sufi religious leader, who is authentic and non-exploitative.
The Dear Leader, of North Korea who lives a life of arbitrary power and luxury while his people starve and are brutalized, and whose death unleashes chaos in his country leading to the armed invasion of Russia and China on behalf of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to restore order.
The Supreme Leader of Iran—or the Grand Imam, the religious and political head of the Iranian government who at first is complicit in the reactionary conspiracy to set off a nuclear device in Jerusalem and take hostage former American Presidents Carter and Clinton, Tony Blair, and the liberal President and Premiere of Russia and China as a pretext for a joing Chinese, Russian Iranian Axis invasion of the oil reserves in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Later he calls off the conspiracy and invasion after he is visited in a dream by the Archangel Gabriel who commands him to “open the Gates of Ijtihad,” meaning to throw off the dead hand of fossilized authority and open Islamic tradition to updating, respiritualization and reform in light of the ongoing living spirit of Allah,
Lilith, the Sorceress Queen, known also as “Sir She” falls in love with and takes captive Sartorius’ ancestor Captain George Rose Sartorius on her island in the Indian Ocean seeking through her magic powers to share immortality with him, but who instead suffers death herself. Echoes Rider Hagard’s classic.
Princess Nooaysua, of the Maldives atoll on which Captain George Rose Sartorius was shipwrecked and with whom she misadventures to the island of the Sorceress Queen Lilith, and then travels with him to the palace of the Sultan of Male’ whom she is to wed. She then takes part in the endless marathon of story telling by the guests of the Sultan of the Sea of Stories.
Billali, the elderly Arabic scholar who is tutor to Princess Nooaysua, and who accompanies her and Captain Sartorius on their voyages to the island of Sorceress Queen Lilith and to the Sultan of the Sea of Stories. He also introduces Captain Sartorius to the official records and accounts of prior shipwrecks in the islands, even going back as far as the time of the Chinese Treasure Ships of Zheng He, and shares his researches into the female Djinn Sorceress, “Sir She.” Echoes Odyssey.
Captain Zhou Chenggong, ancestor of Sartorius’ friend Teddy Zhou who sailed as a a Chinese Treasure Fleet captain under Chinese Admiral Zheng He. He loses one of the last Chinese Treasure Ships in a shipwreck on the Maldives islands, which Sartorius and Teddy seek out in their Scuba diving holiday. He later crosses paths with Captain George Rose Sartorius in the palace of the Sultan of Maleh and of the Sea of Stories.
The Sultan of Male’ or The Sultan of the Sea of Stories, is the ruler of the Maldives Islands where Captain George Rose Sartorius is shipwrecked. He is the King of the Maldives before their conversion to Islam, which occurs in consequence of Ibn Battuta’s defeat of a Djinn ghoul saving the life of the King’s daughter. In return the King and his people convert to Islam and the King accompanies Battuta on his travels for ten years. Before leaving, Ibn Battuta plants a nut from the tree beneath which the Prophet Mohammad addressed the Ummah, and waters it with a vial of ZamZam Water. The Tree blossoms forth leaves on every one of which is inscribed a poem or tale and at the end of each year the Tree sprouts a red leaf on which is written a verse of the Holy Koran. If the Sultan reads the verse aloud and passes it to his guests, and if an unbroken chain of the blossoming stories is told and retold, then neither he nor they shall age further that year. It is thus that the Sultan and his guest Zhou Chenggong age no further since the time of Ibn Battuta and are alive three hundred years later to meet Captain Sartorius. It falls on Sartorius, Zhou Chenggong and Princess Nooaysua to continue and refresh the “Sea of Stories” to forestall their own deaths and to preserve the immortality of the tree by reciting a daily story. Echoes Alf Layla Wa Layla,—The Thousand and One Nights.
Dr. Waheen, Vice-President of the Maldives arranges for Sartorius and Teddy Zhou to dive on the shipwrecks of their ancestors. He laments the fate of his nation which may be submerged by rising sea levels due to Global Warming and endorses the initiative for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
Professor Carlos Rivera, of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) is Sartorius’ host in Mexico City and a activist in the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly campaign in Latin America. He is also an anthropologist and literary writer who discusses with Sartorius and Günter Gross the place of Latin American and Spanish Literature in World Literature and the anthropological context of the European conquest and ascendency over the Aztec, Mayan and Incan peoples of the New World after Columbus, delineating his theory as to why some civilizations advanced from their hunter-gatherer origins and others did not, resting ultimately upon the“Farmer Power” of food surpluses and the ensuing growth of population and division of labour of the Agricultural Revolution and a cross-fertilization of multiple-civilizations in Eurasia.
Pablo, is a jazz saxophonist working part-time in Sartorius’ hotel in the Zona Rosa in Mexico City. During Sartorius’ alcohol and mescal binge he takes him under his wing and introduces him to the Mexico City nightspots the Café Chagrin and the Club Paradiso, where he also introduces him to the beautiful nightclub singer Maria, with whom Sartorius has sex.
Maria, is a seductive nightclub singer who sleeps with Sartorius in Mexico City when he is having an alcoholic breakdown.
Tiresias/Teresa, is a bi-sexual nightclub singer and female-impersonator Sartorius encounters at the Club Paradiso in Mexico City while looking for Maria. He/She introduces Sartorius to the Teatro Magico—The Magic Theater—For Madmen Only! and accompanies him on some of his surreal adventures in the Psychoplex there, involving their defeat of the Lord Death from the Popul Vuh, incarnation as an Aztec Emperor and Sartorius’ incarnation as the master lover of all women. Sartorius’ alcoholic and drug induced binge in Mexico City ends in a ménage-a-trois involving Maria and Teresa. Tiresias echoes the role of the blind seer in the Odyssey’s Hades.
Imbunche—a legendary deformed being from Latin American tradition, maimed, castrated, blinded, and tended by infernal hags who bound and sewn in a bag serves as a perverse ultimate phallic symbol for use in occult fertility rites. Echoes the figure in the novel El obscene pajaro de la noche/The Obscene Bird of the Night by Jose Donoso.
Lord Tlacaelel, is a character assumed by Sartorius in the first chamber of the Teatro Magico Psychoplex; he is the historical despotic Aztec ruler credited with developing the rites of human sacrifice by excision of the heart on a large scale and leading the Aztec Triple Axis to military dominance.
Xbalanque and Hunahpu, The Divine Twins are characters assumed by Sartorius and Tiresias in the second chamber of the Teatro Magico Psychoplex; they correspond to the twin heroes of the Mayan epic Popul Vuh who travel to the underworld and defeat Lord Death, Xibalba.
Lord Death, Xibalba is Sartorius’ and Tiresias’ nemesis in the second chamber of the Teatro Magico Psychoplex. He is Death, the ruler of the Underworld who is defeated by the Divine Twins in Mesoamerican ball game, after which Death also dies.
Xochiquetzal, Goddess of Love and Fertility is the goddess-lover of Sartorius in the third chamber of the Teatro Magico Psychoplex who promises eternal consummation and the possession of all women to him as long as he slays the former king and himself remains unslain by any challenging successor; She is an Aztec incarnation of the spirit of the corn and fertility rites delineated by Frazer in the Golden Bough. Sartorius slays her when she demands that he cut out Eva’s heart in human sacrifice a a condition of sexual union with her.
The Reverend Dicky Drake, marries Sartorius and Eva in the Church of St. John in Little Gidding, England the ancestral home of the Sartorius family and site of the spiritual community founded by Nicholas Ferrar referred to in T.S. Eliot’s The Four Quartets. He also performs the memorial service and burial of Sartorius’ remains in the family plot in the graveyard of Little Gidding’s church after his putative death.
Wole Obatala, is a celebrated African author from Nigeria who has also been elected as a member of the Pan-African Parliament and with whom Sartorius and Eva have an extended conversation on African and World Literature at the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa.
Garry Bonoir, is an American Labor Union activist who advocates the creation of global labor unions and global collective bargaining as an important step in redressing the disadvantage of the global working and middle class suffering from imbalanceed economic globalization. He also advocates a Global New Deal translating the social safety net and augmented balance of power between labour, capital and government attained in Roosevelt’s Depression Era New Deal at the level of the nation-state into a globalized 21st Century post-Westphalian setting, with the globalized economy re-balanced with the globalization of governmental and labour organizations. He meets Sartorius, Eva and Wole Obatala at the meeting of the Pan-African Parliament they both address and discuss the needed responses to globalization and the World Financial Crisis.
Professor Pieter Verhoven of the University of Witswaatersrand, is an evolutionary biologist and a member of the Pan-African Parliament meeting in Midrand-Johannesburg, South Africa who takes part in a discussion of African Literature and the evolutionary adaptive role of religion with Sartorius during the meeting in Midrand.
Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe the immortal poet of Faust is Sartorius’ guide and mentor in his journey through the underworld to Castalia，Middle Earth, the Grand Katabasis of the work, and on the Quest to the Council of the Immortals in the Black Hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, the Grand Anabasis of the work, to seek the Missing Seed Crystal, the Sylmaril which shall save humanity from the fate of destruction. He is also Sartorius’ guide, mentor and inspiration at the scholarly level in pioneering the concept of “World Literature” or “Weltliteratur” which Sartorius is promoting and elaborating in his joint book with his friend Nobel Prize winner Günter Gross. He parallels the role of Virgil in Dante’s Divine Comedy. He is also a functionary of the “Illuminati” a Freemasonlike brotherhood of enlightened souls and geniuses spanning the centuries.
Sun Wu Kong, The Monkey King is the human-like monkey hero of the Chinese classic Journey to the West (Xi You Ji),an incarnation of the Trickster archetype, and who also appears originally as Hanuman in the Indian classic The Ramayana of Valmiki. Along with Goethe he is Sartorius’ and his colleague’s guide to the underworld leading them in their escape from the underground Iranian nuclear facilities, and subsequently guides and accompanies them to Castalia, Middle Earth, the site of the Crystal Bead Game administered by the Magister Ludi, and on the Quest through the Wormhole to the celestial Council of the Immortals to save humanity from extinction, completing the epic Grand Katabasis.
Homunculus, is a miniature created man-figure contained in a glassed-bottle and radiant of intense light from Goethe’s Faust. He helps Goethe and Sun Wu Kong search for Sartorius in the underground caverns of Qom.
Captain Nemo, from Jules Verne’s immortal novel, he resurfaces in the present epic in a modernized Nautilus to ferry Sartorius and his colleagues through underground rivers and seaways to the Great Central Sea at the center of the earth, where is located Castalia, Middle Earth, the site of the Crystal Bead Game on which the fate of humanity on earth hangs, and to the central island of Omphalos where the Gateway to the Wormhole from earth to the Council of the Immortals within the Black Hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is found.
Zheng He, Chinese Admiral of the Southern Seas appears as Captain Nemo’s second in command and makes an appearance in the journal narrative of Sartorius’ ancestor, Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius, who fought under Lord Nelson. He is the famed Chinese admiral and explorer who before Columbus in the 1400’s led a fleet of 200 immense Treasure Ships from China to India, the Middle-East and as far as Africa.
Ibn Battuta, great Islamic traveler and explorer, sometimes known as the Muslim Marco Polo. In Captain George Sartorius’ Journal is recorded the story of Ibn Batuta’s conversion of the Maldives to Islam through defeating a bloodthirsty Djinn ghoul who feasted on the blood of virgin sacrafices, and his subsequent travels with the Sultan of Maleh.
David Epstein and Isser Diskin, appear in Book II as Mossad and Shin Bet/Shabak Israeli agents who cooperate with Jack Sartorius/Jack McKinsey of the CIA in counter-terror operations and in connection with arrangements for the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly Global Appeal telethon to be held in Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem.
Ami Giyalon, former head of Israeli Shin Bet/ISA security service who after a crisis of the heart has become a leader of Peace Now, the Global Spiritual Progressive Alliance and other left-spiritual movements in Israel. He helps Jack in his work on the Global Appeal for the UN Parliamentary Assembly in Jerusalem and gives Jack his views of the possible solutions for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
The Global Spiritual Progressive Alliance, is a worldwide progressive movement that seeks to further many of the goals and values of prior progressive movements such as liberals, socialists and communists via new and more appropriate means in a worldwide movement embracing all religious faiths, nations and heritages and including dimensions of renewed spirituality and renewed ecological and environmental harmony and responsibility. In the era of globalization it is involved as an NGO sponsor of the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and of the Global Marshall Fund movement, and includes figures of the novel such as Ami Giyalon of Israel and Keith Ellisha, Muslim-American Member of the US Congress. After the detonation in Jerusalem it is active in forming the Brethern of the Common Life, ministering to the victims of the disaster, raising inter-faith global spiritual consciousness, and under the leadersip of Mother Isis, Ami Giyalon and Mohammad ala Rushdie in raising funds for the construction of the Spiritus Mundi Inter-faith Temple, an inter-faith centre for global universal spiritual re-birth and solidarity.
Armida Alcinah, in Book II is the cynical mother of the beautiful Palestinian Rai singer Khlorindah who gives a provocative Tarot reading to the love besotted Orlando when he comes to her house desperately looking for Khlorindah. Echoes Gerusalemme liberata .
The Siloviki, the class of former “apparatchiki” of the Soviet regime, often associated with the former KGB/GRU and party elite who lost power with the fall of the Soviet Union but who have achieved successful “clawback” of their powers under recent central government reconsolidation. In the novel they and their reactionary allies, the Chinese Princeling Party and the Iranian Haghani Faction are at the heart of the “Triple Axis” conspiracy utilizing the Jerusalem atomic terrorist attack as a clever cover to turn back the clock on liberal reforms and achieve global and Eurasian dominance by decisively striking at the West’s oil and energy jugular with a surprise attack of Pearl Harbor proportions leading an invasion of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the region by the three powers.
The Princeling Party or Tai Zi Dang, is an alleged group or faction of Chinese Communist Party officials who are the sons and daughters of the highest level Communist Party members of the last generation. They have generally grown up spoiled with Party priviliges, money from corruption, Western education and being placed in control of privatized state assets by virtue of their family influence. In the novel they lead a reactionary coup and conspiracy to push aside the liberal reformers and regain the displaced position of power of their parents or grandparents as a resurgent nationalist ruling elite, lost during the market reforms and to thereby push an emergent China into the role of a dominant nationalistic global power.
The Haghani Faction, or Haghani School is a reactionary political faction within the Iranian Islamic Republic centered around the alumni of the Haghani School under Ayatollah Yazdi which has succeeded in placing a great number of its members in positions of power in the Revolutionary Guards, the Quds Force, and in the government and militias. They correspond to the Stalinist Siloviki apparatchiki of the Soviet revolution, with whom they ally. In the novel they join with the Russian Siloviki and the Chinese Princeling Party in the central conspiracy of the book.
The Triple Axis, in the novel is the alliance of China, Russia and Iran to achieve dominance in the Eurasian and global balance of power by a conspiracy to seize the “Asian Peak Oil” of the Middle-East and by decisively severing the West’s energy jugular to consign the West to its global strategic subordination under its domination. It also aims at achieving a “Concert of Eurasia” to “clawback” the market and libertarian reforms from the fall of the Soviet Union.
The Axis of Synarchy, conspiracy theorists attributed the influence of the Haghani School in Iran, the Siloviki in Russia and the Taizi Dang, or Princeling Party in China to a meta-conspiracy at a higher degree of cryptocracy, namely a shadowy elite, the alleged Axis of Synarchy, which was supposed to be the cryptocratic puppeteer behind all three phenomena. The Axis of Synarchy, according to this theory, sought to preserve the dominance of a cryptocratic elite in the name of a “harmonious society” as it was expressed in China, or God or Allah’s design elsewhere, and most particularly one which would forever counter the threat of liberal Western bourgiouse individualism and the associated threat of entropic “Anarchy.” The Axis of Synarchy at the close of Book II is shown to extend to the machinations of Caeserion Khannis, a time travelling fugitive from justice in the 23rd Century after a failed attempt to overthrow the 23rd Century democratic United States of Earth and its Senate and become the first dictatorial Emperor of the Universal Empire.
President Wen Jiabao, is the liberal and humane Premiere of China who is betrayed in Book II by his own intelligence service and the reactionary Tai Zi Dang Princeling Party faction under Minister Luo Chunwang to be taken hostage in Jerusalem and Iran as a pawn in a game to justify seizure of the Middle East’s oil by the Triple Axis countries Russia, China and Iran. He unwittingly delivers the terrorist bomb to Jerusalem concealed inside a Terracotta Warrior which he personally delivers to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem as a token of friendship between the two ancient cultures. He is held in Iran as a human-shield to prevent an American or Israeli nuclear attack, but later is returned to power after Luo and the reactionaries are dismissed after their plans to seize the Middle-Eastern oil and Russian Siberia prove abortive are defeated. He later assists in implementing the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
President Medvedev, in the novel is the liberal President of Russia like his counterpart Wen Jiabao in China is sidelined and betrayed by the reactionary Siloviki in his own intelligence services and government and made a hostage in Iran as a gambit to justify the seizure of the Middle-East’s oil by the Triple Axis of Russia, China and Iran. After the plot of the Siloviki reactionaries is foiled he is returned to power and helps in the implementation of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
Colonel Moussavi, in Book II the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force Commandant of the underground prison and nuclear processing facility in which Sartorius and his colleagues are held captive near Qom, Iran. He is also aide-de-camp to the Supreme Leader and a former classmate of Mustafa’s at the madrassa of the Haghani School in Qom, which gives rise to the reactionary Haghani Faction which seizes control in Iran and plots with their counterparts the Russian Siloviki faction and the Chinese Tai Zi Dang or Princeling Party Faction in forming the Triple Axis conspiracy. He is the author of several books advocating the philosophy of “Synarchism” and alleged by his detractors to be a leader of a global cryptocratic conspiracy, the “Axis of Synarchy.”
The Three Messiahs—the Mahdi, Christ, and the Maitreya, who appear before the fictional Supreme Leader in Mohammad’s short story “The Parable of the Supreme Leader and the Three Messiahs” but who are dismissed and sent away by him telling them they are no longer needed or desired and that it is only obedience to the mullahs which will make humanity happy in their unfreedom without spiritual choice or deliverance. The Koran predicts the coming of Christ in the end days and the Hadith refers to this coming shoulder-to-shoulder with the Mahdi, often associated with the Shia Occulted Imam. The Maitreya is a Buddhist parallel Messiah. Mohammad’s Parable draws upon the Parable of the Grand Inquisitor of Dostoyevsky in the Brothers Karamazov. Mohammad recites the story of his fictional Supreme Leader to Iran’s real Supreme Leader after their dinner together, somewhat preparing the ground for the Supreme Leader’s later change of heart and abandonment of the Triple Axis conspiracy.
Foreign Minister Tang, of China passively disagrees with Minister Luo’s Triple Axis conspiracy to seize the Middle-Eastern oil fields but goes along to avoid being politically isolated. Later after the adventure comes to disaster when NATO and the Russians expel China from Russian Siberia he joins Premiere Wen Jaibao in ousting the reactionary faction and reinstating the progressives, who aid in establishing the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
Marshall Li, is the reactionary, nationalist and aggressive head of the Chinese armed forces who joins with Minister Luo Chunwang in preparing the dual military adventures of the Triple Axis—the initial invasion of Saudi Arabia and the later fallback plan of a Chinese invasion of Russian Siberia. They are ousted from power with the ignominious defeat of those initiatives by the expanded NATO forces, now including Russia and Japan.
The Magister Ludi, or Master of the Game is the aged master of the Crystal Bead Game, which integrates all human knowledge and experience and which is conducted in the Grand Retort of Castalia, Middle Earth on the shores of the Great Central Sea at the Bay of Pellucidar at the center of the Earth. The historical destiny of the human race is mysteriously tied in parallel to the continuing outcome of this game, and when the game reaches a stalemate by which the human race may come to an end the Magister Ludi sets in motion a plan for saving man by sending Sartorius and his colleagues through a Wormhole from the center of the earth to the black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy from the Council of the Immortals meeting there to retrieve the Missing Crystal which can break the stalemate. Echoes Hermann Hesse’s classic character. At the end of Book Two, the Magister Ludi is revealed to be a time traveler from the 23rd Century, Senator Abor Linkin, who has returned to our present in pursuit of Caesarion Khannis, the leader of a failed coup attempt to overthrow the democratic United States of Earth and its Senate, like Julius Caesar, ending the Republic and ushering in a Universal Empire with himself as autocratic Emperor.
The Illuminati, are a Freemasonlike brotherhood of enlightened souls and geniuses spanning the centuries which inclcludes Goethe and the Magister Ludi, and into which Sartorius is inducted at the ending of Book II.
Caesarion Khannis, is a time-travelling fugitive from justice returning from the 23rd Century to our own time after being defeated in a coup attempt and civil war seeking to end the democratic Republic of the United States of Earth and replace it, like his namesake Julius Caesar, with an autocratic Universal Empire ruled by himself as Emperor. At the end of Book II it is revealed that Mustafa is in fact an alias and assumed identity of Caesarion.
The United States of Earth, is the successful world government which is built upon the foundation of Sartorius’ work in instituting the United Nations World Parliament. It comes into existence in 2084 through the efforts of Abor Linkin and gives rise to a “Golden Age” of two-hundred years until falling into corruption, moral decay, predatory imperialism and disintegration at the center of an oppressive empire within the solar system, echoing the “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” Abor Linkin successfully leads a civil war against Caesarion Khannis who seeks to overthrow the Republic, Senate and democratic Constitution and replace it with a Universal Empire under an autocratic Emperor similar to his namesake Julius Caesar. It is from this time that the two Time Travellers, the fugitive Caesarion Khannis and the persuing prosecutor Senator Abor Linkin make their Time Incursions into our present.
Albert Einstein, the reknown genius of the Theory of Relativity who in the novel works under the Magister Ludi in engaging in the play of the Crystal Bead Game within the Grand Retort and with Goethe attempts to explain something of the physics of the Crystal Bead Game, the Umbilical Wormhole and Spiritus Mundi to the uncomprehending Sartorius at the beginning of his Quest for the Missing Seed Crystal, the Sylmaril.
The Mothers, three immortal beings, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos who shape and weave out the destinies of all humans from their primordial subterreanean womb of destiny, birth, death and transformation. They reside on the island of Omphalos at the center of the Great Central Sea at the center of the earth and are also the guardians to the Gateway to the wormhole to the celestial realm of the Council of the Immortals housed in an amphitheatre within the Black Hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Echoes Goethe in Faust and conflates the Fates and Furies in Greek mythology.
Ogun, is the Yoruba God-Hero who joins Sartorius’s Quest for the Missing Crystal at the seat of the Magister Ludi’s Crystal Bead Game, Castalia, Middle Earth, becoming one of the journeying Argonauts. He is variously known as the “The Lord of the Road” or the “Way Maker,” hacking a path for the gods through the Primordial Chaos. Towards man he acts sometimes like Dionysius and sometimes like Prometheus, with the goal of bridging the gap between the human and the divine realms, as recounted modernly by Wole Soyinka.
The Abiku, unborn spirit-children of African legend called upon by Ogun in Book Two on the chthonic Island of Omphalos to help clear a path for Sartorius and the Argonauts through the impenetrable jungle towards the portal of the Celestial Wormhole for their quest.
Chiron, the wise and kind centaur of Greek legend who bears the pregnant Eva up the slopes of the island Omphalos towards the Temple of the Mothers and the Gateway to the Celestial Wormhole.
The Grigori, or “The Watchers,” (Genesis 6:4 and Jude 1:6) are a primordial race of fallen angels who lost their angelic powers after making love to earthly women. They are the “Guardians of the Doorways” between the physical plane and that which is beyond. They are forced to open the Gateway at the orders of the Mothers after the Monkey King Sun Wu Kong steals the Mothers’ only eye and extorts their compliance. They are assigned as the guardians of the Celestial Gateway leading from Omphalos at the center of the Earth to the Celestial Amphitheater within the Black Hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy and to the celestial realms beyond. The Grigori, the fallen angelic sons of God having had intercourse with the daughters of Man, who bore them sons: the monstrous, hybrid and cannibalistic Nephalim, mentioned in Genesis and the Book of Enoch, and who are aided in their sentinel duties by this legion of their hideous offspring.
The Grand Sphinxes—-Guardians of the Great Horizons, assist the Mothers and the Grigori in guarding the Celestial Gateway on the Island of Omphalos in the Great Central Sea at the center of the Earth.
The Argonauts, or Warriors of Light in the novel constitute the small band accompanying Sartorius on his Quest for the Missing Crystal to resolve the stalemate of the Crystal Bead Game and save humanity from destruction, including Eva, Andreas, Jack, Mohammad, Ogun, Nemo, Sun Wu Kong and Goethe. Echoes the Questors of the Golden Fleece in the Argo under Jason.
Mephisto, the spirit of negation is the nemesis of Sartorius and the Argonauts who argues the case against Mankind’s survival in the Council of the Immortals and who attempts to kill them and steal the Missing Seed Crystal, the Silmaril by attacking Nemo’s submarine The Nautilus in his own evil craft The Baphomet, which is destroyed in a dramatic undersea battle in the Great Central Sea. Echoes Faust and scripture—“Ich bin der Geist, der stets verneint!”
Mundus, in the novel is a Subaltern of Mephisto, a personification of the Devil, a fallen angel, who serves as the principal general leading an ambush of Sartorius and the “Argonauts” who are returning with the Seed Crystal, or Silmaril to rescue human history and humanity in the crisis of the Crystal Bead Game in Castalia, Middle Earth. Mundus leads and commands demons, phantoms, dragons, zombies and other underworld combatants, but is defeated by Ogun and Sartorius and meets his doom trapped in the liminal interzone between the Inner and Outer Doors to the “Otherworld” beyond the Umbilical Wormhole on the Island of Omphalos. In Roman mythology the Mundus stone is the stone which seals the portal to the Underworld or Hell, and is one of the two sacred stones, the Lapis Manalis, along with the Aqualicium, or rain-bringing stone. Mundus also appears in numerous Internet and computer game series sagas.
Trismegistus, or “Thrice Great” Emperor of the Underworld Sea in the novel is a conflation of Pluto, the God and King of the Underworld and Chthonic Realm, Neptunus, the God and King of the Seas, and Hermes, also Hermes Trismegistus, the Messenger of the Greek Gods, Trickster, and God of Crossroads, conflated with Thoth, his Egyptian incarnation. Such conflation arises because of his presence simultaneously as God of the Sea, God of the Underworld and God of the Cosmic Crossroads in the quasi-Equatorial line-crossing or “Point Crossing Ceremony” at the “Still Point of the spinning World,” or very center of the globe, undergone by the mariners, including Sartorius, Eva and the other “Argonauts” questing after the Silmaril Seed Crystal in the “Great Central Sea” at the center of the Earth.
Triple Hecate, in the novel is the triple wife or consort of the triple-persona Trismegistus—-that is a conflation of the Goddesses Perephone, wife of Pluto and Queen of the Underworld, Amphitrite, wife-conort of Neptune, God of the Seas and of Hecate, consort of Hermes, God of Crossroads. She appears as part of the Royal Court with Trismegistus at the “Point Crossing Ceremony” aboard the Nautilus in the Great Central Sea at the Center of the Earth.
Davy Jones, is an embodiment of the demonic presence of the sea, or lost soul of the lost mariner like the Flying Dutchman or Wandering Jew, who in the Equtor-Crossing or analogous “Point Crossing Ceremony” at the center of the Earth, serves as a Scribe to the Ruler Trismegistus, conflaqted with Thoth, scribe to the Egyptian deities.
Peter Pembroke and Jude Friedlaw, are members of Isis and Osiris’s rock band, The Angels of Thoth who become leaders of “The Family” or the messianic cult surrounding Osiris and Isis following the nuclear detonation in Jerusalem and the military crisis and confrontation threatening WWIII and nuclear Armageddon which follows.
Al-Buraq, is the winged stallion which bore Mohammad to heaven in his “Night Journey” and which he tied to the Wailing Wall. Osiris sees him in a dream which he takes as a sign of his divine mission.
The Gates of Ijtihad, Iran’s Supreme Leader is visited in a holy dream by the Angel Gibreel, or Gabriel, bearing a divine messate to “Open the Gates of Ijtihad;”—–meaning to throw off the dead hand of fossilized authority and open Islamic tradition to updating, respiritualization and reform in light of the ongoing living spirit of Allah, echoing the Sufi emphasis on the living spirit of Islam as opposed to benumbed compliance with the dead hand and letter of the law and tradition.
The Silmaril—is the “Missing Seed Crystal” which is the object of the quest of Sartorius’ Argonauts to the Island of Omphalos in Middle Earth and to the Council of the Immortals in the Amphitheatre within the black hole a the middle of the Milky Way Galaxy in Book II. The Silmaril crystal is the key element which may resolve the Crystal Bead Game and thus rescue the human race from extinction. Echoes Tolkien’s Silmaril crystal which contains the unsullied light of the original creation and is the subject of multiple quests in The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion.
Renovius St.Cosmo and the Chums of Chance—make a cameo appearance at Castalia, Middle Earth—Inner Shambhala, where their zeppelin, the Incommode, takes Sartorius on an aerial tour of the arcology of Castalia and the neighboring Bay of Pellucidar, having Rescued Princess Chthonia from attack by the Orcs and her rebellious subjects. Echoes Pynchon’s passage through the Telluric Interior in Against the Day.
Euphorion (“Euphy”) Sartorius, is the posthumous love-child born to Eva after Sartorius’s death. He is named for the joy of their love and after the love-child of Helen and Faust in Faust.