Tales of a Dalai Lama

Tales of a Dalai Lama, fiction first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1971, subsequently by Gollancz and Penguin in England, Ballantine and Creative Arts in the U.S., and currently in print with Lost Horse Press, paper or hardback, with a new forword that brings up to date how this group of adult fairy tales about a mythic Dalai lama when he was still a child relates to the real 14th Dalai Lama, a person who has become an inspiration since the time when I first could only imagine him. Jacket painting and seventeen black and white drawings by the author.

"Mysticism laced with laughter" -- Saturday Review Syndicate


Episodes, a memoir consisting of 96 short accounts of memorable moments in the author's life. In print with Graywolf Press, 2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, Saint Paul, NM 55114. Order from the publisher or from various Internet book Services.

"*****: Highly Recommended" -- Library Journal


Coming Home to Beauty, a 17 x 11 self-published book of essays and art images first published in THE: Santa Fe's Monthly Magazine of the Arts on the search for beauty among some of the great twentieth century painters, sculptors, and installation artists. US$63.00 includes shipping. Order by email at delattre7[at]hotmail.com or from P.O. Box 157, Peñasco, NM 87553.

woman on the cross

Woman on the Cross was awarded the Gold Medal by ForeWord magazine for "Best Work of Literary Fiction, 2001." The novel was released in November of 2001, and takes place near the end of the 18th century in a deforested Latin American country where the pre-Christian nature religion has been suppressed. The story is about Sebastian Cristo Rey, the last actor in a family line of professional Christs who have made their living being crucified on Good Fridays, and what happens when Sidelle, daughter of the priestess who maintains the pre-Christian tradition of tree worship, is nailed to Sebastian's cross. The theme echoes the way that rape of nature and rape of women were simultaneously justified in many pseudo-Christian cultures under the traditional droit du seigneur, the right of the bleeder, the "señor," "sir" or "sire" to claim whatever is virginal for his own profit and pleasure. Order from losthorsepress[at]mindspring.com (208.255.4410), amazon.com, Baker & Taylor, or Small Press Distribution.

"At last we have an American magic realist who can hold a candle to the magic storytelling of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Bravo!"
-- Lawrence Ferlinghetti, author of A Coney Island of the Mind

"A marvelous, amorous tale that sheds unexpected light on why some women still call their bleeding the curse! Delattre's text sings and swoops and submits -- taking us on an exhilrating pilgrimage to the place where the spiritual eroticism of men meets the sexual inclinations of women. Full of dark details from complex esoteric traditions -- yet reads like a thrilling story simply told under a flowering tree in a moon lit courtyard."
-- Nor Hall, author of The Moon and the Virigin & Those Women

walking on air

Walking on Air, a novel about a mystical circus, first published in 1980 by Houghton Mifflin, reprinted in soft cover by Graywold Press, currently out of print, but available used through various book websites, or from author (who now holds publication rights). This novel was made into a musical, produced in Providence, RI. A movie script is available, though no longer under option.

A New York Times "Notable Book of the Year".

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