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on 15 August 2012
In the utterly charming novel 'The Wandering Unicorn' (1965) by the Argentinian author Manuel Mujica Lainez (1910-64) the legend of Melusine is developed further. Set in medieval France and the holy Land of the Crusades, Lainez's novel is a rich serving of fantasy and romance. Narrated from the perspective of the shape-changing Melusine, the early events of the original legend are soon recounted before she embarks upon an adventure and love-affair with Aiol, the son of Ozil, a crusader knight who bequeaths a Unicorn's lance to his son. Together the young knight Aiol and Melusine travel across Europe to eventually arrive in war-torn Jerusalem of the Crusades. The reader is drawn into Lainez's neglected gem of magical realism with growing empathy towards Melusine's first person narration of her adventures and devotion to Aiol, only to experience the full emotional impact of the tragic and sad ending of the love between a mortal and an immortal spirit.
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