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  • Published: 1 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099429869
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288

Jung And The Story Of Our Time




'The fascination of Jung is inescapable and van der Post has given us an excellent book - eloquent, learned and most impressive in its evocation of a devilishly provocative man' - The Nation

Laurens van der Post was a long-time friend of Jung and here presents Jung as he knew him: Jung the man, the discoverer and explorer of a new dimension in the human spirit, rather than Jung the psychologist. Calling him a 'universal personality, one of the greatest since the Renaissance', van der Post writes much more than simply a biographical study of Jung.

Jung is a full-scale, unflinching attempt to convey the creative, pioneering greatness of the man and to show how his far-seeing vision has so greatly enlightened and enriched the spiritual poverty of modern man.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099429869
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

Laurens Van Der Post

Laurens Van Der Post was born in South Africa in 1906, the thirteenth of fifteen children in a family of Dutch and French Hugeunot origins. Most of his adult life was spent with one foot in Africa and one in England. His professions of writer and farmer were interrupted by ten years of soldiering in the British army, serving with distinction in the Western Desert, Abyssinia, Burma and the Far East. Taken prisoner by the Japanese, he was held in captivity for three years before returning to active service as a member of Lord Mountbatten's staff in Indonesia and, later, as Military Attache to the British Minister in Java.

After 1949 he undertook several official missions exploring little-known parts of Africa, and his journey in search of the Bushmen in 1957 formed the basis of his famous documentary film and The Lost World of the Kalahari. Other television films include All Africa Within Us and The Story of Carl Gustav Jung, whom he met after the war and grew to know as a personal friend. In 1934 he wrote In a Province, the first book by a South African to expose the horrors of racism. Other books include Venture to the Interior (1952), The Heart of the Hunter (1961), and A Walk with a White Bushman (1986). The Seed and the Sower was made into a film under the title Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, and, more recently, A Story Like the Wind and A Far-Off Place were combined and made into the film A Far-Off Place.

Sir Laurens Van Der Post was awarded the CBE in 1947 and received his knighthood in 1981. He died in 1996.

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Praise for Jung And The Story Of Our Time

“For the first time the whole man is presented to the world. We are made aware not merely of his psychiatric achievement, but of the slow and painful self-development, the humour and warm humanity, the vital relevance to our troubled time, and the essential loneliness of this man of genius. An unforgettable portrait of a great man”

Alan McGlashan


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