“It's foolish I know, but a life must have a purpose”
author of the Atheist Bible(dates unknown)
Nobody can say with any real certainty that Miro Lavaz ever existed (although no one has ever proved that he did not). The only artefacts that survive are the extraordinary Book of Books and this old and discoloured photograph. Some even doubt that he is the author of this classic atheist work of fiction.
The absence of facts hasn’t discouraged biographers – various accounts of our writers life exist. One proves that the famous photograph was discovered in the files of the Hungarian secret police. Another establishes that it was taken with a ‘box brownie, somewhere in Clapton in the winter of 1953.’ E.G Marketson claims that the image was made using a ‘special technique’ that ‘captures spiritual energy onto cloth’. Marketson, in his best selling Shaman of Ur, even claimed to have seen the original in a ‘secretive monastery’ somewhere in Syria.