? I had to recognize that I am only the expression and symbol of the soul. ? Carl Jung, The Red Book
The Great Spirit ? the common spirit of all humankind ? is in danger. It is bleeding, and an ominous body cooling phenomenon is spreading throughout the world, causing a significant decrease in people’s body temperature.
Omer, a sensitive and intelligent boy, begins to suffer from this phenomenon. Setting out to investigate, he gets caught in a worldwide, multi-dimensional adventure of a lifetime and being led to the depth of common memory and thought.
“A story is never just a story. Every tale carries familiar symbols and archetypal characters.”
It was originally in a 1929 lecture that Jung referred to fiction as visionary literature, derived from the timeless depths?the backwoods?of man?s shared unconscious mind. In that light, the Snowflake River narrative is based on a modern and methodical world, while its characters harbor an impressive resemblance to Jung?s archetypes. Cut out of the underlying mold that transcends time, environments and cultures, they depict all of Jung?s archetypal components of ?love, the environment, the family, crime and society.?
In Snowflake River, Ben-Ami Eliahu has created a world with blurred boundaries between characters and their surroundings; Omer becomes a messenger between the human world and the spirit worlds. Entertaining and thought-provoking, the narrative is weaved around Jung?s theories of personality, psychological development and the unconscious.