Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Mujica Lainez, Manuel

(1910-1984) Argentinian novelist who wrote the libretto (after his own novel) for the Opera Bomarzo (1967) by Alberto Ginastera, and in whose El unicornio (1965; trans Mary Fitton as The Wandering Unicorn 1982 Canada), Melusine tells of her passion for a young 12th-century Knight, whom she follows to Jerusalem, before the tale ends in tears. The story is told with an aerated lightness from a 20th-century perspective by the immortal Fairy, though it laments the Thinning of Europe into secular nation states. [JC]

Manuel Mujica Lainez


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.