Meus Insomnium: My Dream - My Nightmare

Meus Insomnium: My Dream - My Nightmare

by Karl Jeney


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Meus Insomnium is an ancient Latin phrase meaning either My Dream or My Nightmare, depending on one's perspective. It chronicles the struggles of handsome 49-year-old Ohio psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Reddington and his two most troubled patients: Wesley, 57, an African-American postman who as a child hiding in a Georgia cornfield witnessed the brutal Klan murder of his grandfather; and Jacob, 74, a survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp wrestling with the loss of his sister there many years ago. Soon an unusual relic - a petrified box - enters their lives. Embellished with inscriptions and an enigmatic woodcut, it tantalizes them with its peculiar properties and its sordid past; a past that's taken it from its creation during the Renaissance, through the hands of Adolf Hitler, and finally to Dr. Reddington who decides to utilize it as a therapy tool during his counseling sessions. That fateful decision thrusts him and his wife Katherine on a spiritual quest with startling consequences.

Peppered with fascinating historical revelations and photographs, the poignant story raises a soul-searching question: Which carries more weight, justice or forgiveness?

Meus Insomnium is an unforgettable journey into the power of the human spirit, faith - and much more.

(names used by permission)

"I finished your magnum opus earlier this week and congratulate you on a wonderful job and a great, fast, exciting read. I am blown away at the scope of your research and wonder how you were able to concoct such a tale. The pool scene cracked me up so much that my wife called downstairs to ask if I was OK, and the pencil-eating, finger-hungry magic box imagery is amazingly vivid. I'll never think of Dürer in the same way. Mazel Tov!"

Jackie Jacobs, Executive Director, The Columbus Jewish Foundation

"Last week I attended the American Hungarian Educators Conference in Cleveland and gave a short review of Meus Insomnium which I finished shortly after receiving it. There was much interest in it; members of the association wrote down your name. The organizers would be happy to hear a presentation about where to research all the material for a book like yours. The Educators Conference is held in different universities each year. Twice it was held in Hungary. Your book was easy to read and many of the historical parts are familiar to me. I can attest to the authenticity of the events described. The mystery of the Box never leaves the reader - secrets are always a great read. Overall, I liked your book. The short chapters made it easy to read; the parallel stories kept my interest up and waiting for the next chapter. I'm glad you wrote this book and urge you to keep writing."

Dr. Béla J. Bognár, Ph.D., M.S.W., A.C.S.W., L.I.S.W.
Professor Emeritus - Wright State University

"A masterful interweaving of complex events and personae to create a narrative tapestry whose strands are held together and given coherence by the mysterious and sometimes sinister Box. An incredible amount of work went into the careful selection and placement of historical data and background, not to mention the accompanying relevant pictures punctuating the narrative of Meus Insomnium. For a less gifted writer such embellishments would serve only to prop up or obscure a weak story line. But in this case the plot is so solid despite its twists that such additions enhance, rather than overcome, the story; they deepen the reader's involvement.
Yet even without the historical digressions, though they add further texture to the story, the plot is substantial enough to stand alone."

Ms. Sonya Ngo, Cornell graduate and wife of the late Dr. Dat Ton Ngo:
former First Secretary of the South Vietnamese Embassy in Australia,
Ambassador to South Korea and Deputy Ambassador to the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781456340414
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Pages: 446
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Along with being a professional photographer almost three decades running, Karl A. Jeney is an engaging novelist with a flair for combining history, psychology and spirituality. He has contributed to The Columbus Dispatch Newspaper's Create-a-Classic online novel series, has written a short story of the CW Network's TV program Supernatural entitled Winchester Cathedral and currently has two more novels and a short story under construction. He resides in central Ohio with his sweetheart Lori and a menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit him on the web at

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