In this novel, Henry Miller made his earliest attempt at autobiographical fiction, a literary form which he was later to perfect in his "Tropics" novels. Set in the rapidly changing New York City of the early 1920s, the novel follows the fortunes of Dion Moloch, Miller's alter ego.
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Set in the rapidly changing New York City of the 1920s, this funny and boundlessly energetic novel charts the disintegrating marriage and desperate lifestyle of Henry Miller's alter ego, Dion Moloch, the unscrupulous, philandering manager of the Great American Telegraph Company. 'Stranded on the mudflats of matrimony', trapped in a dead-end job, Moloch escapes to the teeming streets of Manhattan and Jazz Age Harlem. Visiting brothels and drinking clubs, stealing and gambling, preying shamelessly on the many women who rouse his insatiable desires, Moloch's fight against the mediocre is passionate and apocalyptic.
Discovered in 1988, 'Moloch' is Henry Miller's first complete novel, begun in 1927 when he was still struggling to establish himself as a writer. Unflinchingly honest, surreal and inventive, it was his earliest attempt at the picaresque, autobiographical style he was to bring to fruition in the later, magnificent 'Tropic' novels.
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'Striking and surreal, a compelling exploration of one man's growing devastation and anxiety, 'Moloch' culminates in a soothing yet surprising epiphany. Few writers have so successfully transformed raw autobiographical material into powerfully imaginative fiction.'
'Miller's chief virtues are his utter acceptance of life's conditions, however blank, his total refusal to be self-deceived and his positive recognition of the unsystematic oddity of all his fellow creatures. He loves and respects the good things of the world and is immensely courageous in confronting his own anguish. A major writer, he is a presence challenging and unpredictable.'
COLIN MACINNES, 'Spectator'
Henry Miller was born in Brooklyn, New York. He had a variety of jobs as a young man, including several years working for the Western Union Telegraph Company. During this time, encouraged by June Mansfield Smith, the second of his five wives, Miller began to write. Aside from articles, stories for pulp magazines and prose poems, Miller worked on his first novels ‘Crazy Cock’ and ‘Moloch’, and on the copious notes which would eventually transmute into the notorious ‘Tropics’ books.
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Book Description Flamingo, London, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: Fine. First Thus. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. This modern classic is set in New York city of the 1920's, is a funny, energetic novel which charts the disintegrating marriage and desperate lifestyle of Henry Miller's alter ego, Dion Moloch, the unscrupulous, philandering manager of the Great American Telegraph company. The paperback book is in fine condition throughout. Bookseller Inventory # 001663