Originally conceived, written and performed as a two-part BBC radio play, Lindsay’s adaptation of Wolfram von Eschenbach’s marvellous narrative poem of the Holy Grail, was eventually published in novel form by Harper/Collins. The text is frequently used by Olivier Mythodrama on management consultancy courses, and by Band of Brothers for work with disaffected young men. Lindsay has also used it in his own work with the Pushkin Educational Trust in Northern Ireland and in workshops at Dartington and elsewhere.
“This book is almost unique … The beauty of the novel is that it works both as a straightforward medieval romance set amidst Arthurian legends, and as a far more complex commentary on ethics and psychology.”
“The medieval poem carries meanings that transcend history as well as fashion, if only they can be made accessible. This Lindsay Clarke has done, not only by re-telling the story in a streamlined vivid style which will grip readers of all ages, but also by adding an excellent and helpful Afterword which is as perceptive as it is challenging.”
(Bel Mooney, The Times)
“In Clarke’s Parzival action is compulsively cryptic and elliptical, as if the tale told itself. The reader’s imagination is consumed with wonders.”
(Stevie Davies, The Independent)
“Parzival, Gawain, the Proud Lady and others come alive as psychologically convincing people rather than as archetypes. Depictions of battles between the sexes and early contacts between Muslims and Christians help make this Parzival an engrossing, historical romance.”
(San Francisco Chronicle)