PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
The narrator believes he is becoming possessed by the spirit of his ancestor John Dee. The adventures of Dee and his disreputable colleague, an earless rogue called Edmund Kelley, form a rollicking 16th century variant on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as they con their way across Europe in a flurry of alchemy and conjured spirits. At one point,Kelley even persuades Dee that the success of an occult enterprise depends on his sleeping with Dee's wife. Past, present, and assorted supernatural dimensions become intertwined in this odd and thoroughly diverting tale.
Anyone with a serious interest in the history of occult fiction has cause to be delighted that The Angel of the West Window is at last available in English.The translation by Mike Michell is excellent. This is an authentic masterpiece, one of the great supernatural novels ever written.