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NOOK OF SPOOK: V.I.T.R.I.O.L.

The 15th-century acronym V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem) is a common alchemical motto. It's a pun on 'vitriol', the archaic chemical name for sulphuric acid which corrodes all metal except for gold. As such, it's used in the creation of the sought-after philosopher's stone: the mysterious alchemy capable of turning base metal into precious gold or silver.

V.I.T.R.I.O.L. is often symbolised by a green, glassy lion (poisonous sulphuric acid) devouring the sun (metal and matter). It's delightfully Wolf-Divided/Sun-in-Rags, and complicated by the lion's additional association with gold and kingly values. Is the green lion yin to the golden lion's yang? Is it a corruption? The Latin inscription above this green lion - from the seminal 16th-century treatise Rosarium Philosophorum - translates to something like "I am the true green and golden lion without cares. In me, all the secrets of the Philosophers are hidden." What does it mean?!

READING REC: EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED

Set in modern Ukraine, this autobiographical dive into fictionalised Jewish history is mostly about a Ukrainian tour guide's bad English. And sometimes his dog. The story starts Clockwork Orange-y as the narrator grapples with an unfamiliar tongue, but gets gradually more elegant and beautiful as his English improves. At the same time, his client's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis unfurls into a beautiful, soul-touching humanist bloom. This is Jonathan Safran Foer's first and greatest novel. Boy, can this guy write.
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