Where the Bird Sings Best


By Alejandro Jodorowsky

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Coming soon—the stunning memoir from the legendary filmmaker of El Topo , The Holy Mountain, and The Dance of Reality...

In this wildly imaginative, powerfully moving, "psychomagical" autobiography-cum-novel, Alejandro Jodorowsky tells the story of how his Ukrainian Jewish grandfather, his fiery wife, Teresa, and their four children moved to Chile under fake passports and assumed Christian identities, with only a half-kopek to their name and no idea how they'd forge their new lives.

The book is a visionary family saga filled with ancestors both mythical and real—including bee-covered relatives, women who commune with wolves, snake charmers, and militant anarchists. Where the Bird Sings Best owes its title to Jean Cocteau's reflection: "A bird sings best on its family tree." Drawing on history, ancestral legends, and intimate family stories, Jodorowsky brings to bear in this deeply personal search for his roots the same unique storytelling genius evident in his iconic films.

Praise for Where the Bird Sings Best

"This epic family saga, reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude in structure and breadth, reads at a breakneck pace. Though ostensibly a novelization of the author's own family history, it is a raucous carnival of the surreal, mystical, and grotesque....It weaves together Jewish philosophy, passion, humor, Tarot, ballet, circuses, natural disasters, spectacular suicides, lion tamers, knife throwers, Catholic devotion, farmers, betrayals, prostitutes, leftist politics, political violence, and the ghost of a wise rabbi who follows the family from the Old World to the New."
Publishers Weekly

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean-French filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, and spiritual guru, best known for his avant-garde films Fando and Lis (1968), El Topo (1970), The Holy Mountain (1973), and Santa Sangre (1989).

A circus clown and a puppeteer in his youth, Jodorowsky left for Paris to study mime with Marcel Marceau. He befriended the surrealists Roland Topor and Fernando Arrabal, and in 1962 created the "Panic Movement" in homage to the mythical god Pan. He became a specialist in the art of the Tarot and prolific author of novels, poetry, works on the Tarot and "psychomagic" healing, and over thirty successful comic books with such highly regarded artists as Moebius and Bess.

Where the Bird Sings Best