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The Albigensian Treasure

by Maurice Magre
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

Maurice Magre (1877-1941) was one of the most far-ranging and extravagant French writers of fantastic fiction in the first half of the 20th century, and perhaps the finest of them, because of the fertility and versatility of his imagination and the manner and purpose for which he deployed it.

This volume is the ninth of a series of twelve dedicated to Magre’s works. In The Albigensian Treasure (1938), we follow the adventures of Michel de Bramevaque, who launched himself in search of the Holy Grail after receiving a supernatural injunction. Magre, with elegant simplicity, leads us through a series of adventures and trials on the quest for the sacred artifact hidden by his Albigensian ancestors in the Languedoc soil.

Long considered as one of the best works of esoteric literature of 20th century, The Albigensian Treasure, rooted in the Cathar religion, is rich in spirituality, demonstrating that, behind the visible face of things, often hides another, much more subtle. This is a superb novel of fantastic realism, steeped in a dark and tormented atmosphere.

The book also includes a collection of similarly-themed vignettes from La Beauté Invisible (1937).

Le Trésor des Albigeois [The Albigensian Treasure, 1938]
Communication avec la nature [Communication with Nature, 1937]
Introduction, Afterword and Notes by Brian Stableford

Cover by Mike Hoffman

Published by Black Coat Press in December 2017
ISBN: 978-1-61227-686-1

The Brian Stableford Website