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Taboo A Legend Retold from the Dirghic of Sævius Nicanor, with Prolegomena, Notes, and a Preliminary Memoir   By: (1879-1958)

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In this extraordinary and captivating book, James Branch Cabell brings to life the ancient and mythical realm of Dirghic, weaving together a rich tapestry of legends and folklore that have long been forgotten. "Taboo" takes readers on a remarkable journey into a world teeming with magic, gods, and mortals, immersing them in a realm where the boundaries between reality and myth blur.

The story revolves around Sævius Nicanor, a renowned scholar and explorer who unearths an ancient manuscript written in the lost language of Dirghic. With immense dedication, Cabell meticulously translates and retells the legends contained within the anthology, introducing readers to a series of fascinating beings, places, and events. His attention to detail and deep understanding of mythology bring these tales to life, evoking a sense of wonder and fascination with every turn of the page.

What makes "Taboo" especially intriguing is Cabell's inclusion of extensive prolegomena, notes, and a preliminary memoir. These additions provide crucial context and background information that aid in unraveling the mysteries of the Dirghic legends. It is through these insightful sections that the readers gain a deeper appreciation for the complexity and depth of the stories, as well as the significance they hold in the larger cultural and historical context.

Cabell's prose is eloquent, poetic, and filled with evocative imagery. His writing style effortlessly immerses readers in the mystical realm of Dirghic, captivating them with its enchanting landscapes and compelling characters. The author's attention to detail ensures that each tale stands as a unique and vibrant narrative, allowing readers to become deeply invested in the individual stories while still appreciating their interconnectedness.

Throughout the book, Cabell skillfully explores themes of love, destiny, humanity, and the significance of legends. He delves into the complexities of moral dilemmas faced by both gods and mortals, offering thought-provoking insights into the nature of power and the consequences of our actions. As readers progress from one story to the next, they are confronted with philosophical questions that resonate far beyond the realm of Dirghic, leaving a lasting impact on their own understanding of the human experience.

"Taboo" encompasses much more than a mere collection of tales. It is a meticulously crafted work of literature that invites readers to embark on a profound journey of self-discovery and enlightenment. With its masterful storytelling, rich mythology, and profound exploration of themes, James Branch Cabell's masterpiece is guaranteed to captivate readers and leave them longing for more.

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A Legend Retold from the Dirghic of Sævius Nicanor, with Prolegomena, Notes, and a Preliminary Memoir


James Branch Cabell

At melius fuerat non scribere, namque tacere Tutum semper erit.




This edition is limited to nine hundred and twenty numbered copies, of which one hundred copies have been signed by the author.

Copy Number 893

Copyright, 1921, by


Revised and reprinted, by permission of the Editors, from THE LITERARY REVIEW





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