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I'm trying to recall the name of a book I read in the mid-90s. It was probably new at that time. It was a lengthy, literary, philosophical minded fantasy about a faun who spent quite a long stretch of time as an inanimate statue. At the time, it quite challenged my patience and attention span, but I'd like to revisit it.

I thought the name might have been "The Stone Faun" but that title just leads me to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Marble Faun which definitely is not it.

  • Honorable mention for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble about a donkey who spent a long time as a rock. :) – Lexible Aug 14 '18 at 16:18
  • I believe there was a faun among the beings turned into stone by the White Witch in The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, but he wasn't really the focus of the book. – Acccumulation Aug 14 '18 at 16:53
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    Just to absolutely rule it out, I'll note Mr. Tumnus from The lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, who was turned to stone by the White Witch. From what you're saying, he wasn't stone for long enough to count, nor was he the focus of the story. – RDFozz Aug 14 '18 at 17:08
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    Yes, it's definitely not The Lion,... although I do remember poor Mr. Tumnus. I'm pretty sure @lfurini's answer is correct, I just need to find a copy to confirm. – Chris Sunami Aug 14 '18 at 20:21
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This could be Hans Bemmann's "The Stone and the Flute" (originally published in German in 1983 but translated in English in 1988).

As I had a similar experience reading it long ago (getting a bit bored and leaving it halfway) I don't remember a lot of details, but I'm sure there was a faun / satyr turned to stone.

Summary from Google Books:

In the country of Fraglund lives a young boy called Listener, a boy destined to inherit a precious stone and a magic flute which will help him to understand life's deepest mysteries. This is his story. As a young man, Listener is blind to the true value of his gifts. Before he can fully appreciate them he must endure many years of adventure and misadventure in his travels beyond Fraglund - with Gisa, evil mistress of Barlebogue castle; as servant to the minstrel Barlo and later as a minstrel himself; with the beautiful and ambitious Narzia, whose magic will commit him to the life of a faun; and with Arnilukka, in whose eyes he finds the colours of his mysterious stone. As he grows older, Listener slowly realizes that his life is caught up in a web of connections far deeper than he had at first presumed.

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    +1 This could very well be it, the title sounds very familiar, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if it was translated from German. I'll see if I can locate a copy and confirm. Thx! :) – Chris Sunami Aug 14 '18 at 14:19

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