Nexus (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

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9780007241309: Nexus (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

The story of Miller's bizarre second marriage and its development into an extraordinary and legendary ménage à trois – the final installment of the ‘Rosy Curifixion’ trilogy.

'Goodbye, dear Pocohantas! Goodbye, P.T. Barnum! Goodbye, Street of Early Sorrows and may I never set eyes on you again!'

When Henry Miller left America for Paris in the 1930s to lead the life of a literary bohemian, he called this death of his former existence and his resurrection as a writer a 'rosy crucifixion'. This dramatic transformation provided the leitmotif for some of Miller's finest writing, embodying everything he felt about self-liberation and the true life of the spirit.

'Nexus', the final volume in the 'Rosy Crucifixion' trilogy, is a fictionalised account of his last, tempestuous few months in New York. Trapped in a bizarre ménage à trois with his volatile actress wife, Mona, and her eccentric lover, Stasia, Miller's life descends into violent and passionate anarchy. Demoralised, exhausted and finally abandoned by the cunning and disloyal Mona, he sails for Paris.

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Praise for Henry Miller:

‘American literature begins and ends with the meaning of what Miller has done.’ Lawrence Durrell

‘I regard Henry Miller as a master.’ Colin MacInne

Praise for ‘Nexus’:

‘Scintillating, bewildering, profound, “Nexus” has a kind of brawling magnificence that could only emerge from the mind and imagination of a genuine artist.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Miller gives full rein to his knowledge of human beings and finds obvious delight in writing about an erotic, disorderly sort of existence.’ Guardian

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'Goodbye, dear Pocohantas! Goodbye, P.T. Barnum! Goodbye, Street of Early Sorrows and may I never set eyes on you again!'

When Henry Miller left America for Paris in the 1930s to lead the life of a literary bohemian, he called this death of his former existence and his resurrection as a writer a 'rosy crucifixion'. This dramatic transformation provided the letmotif for some of Miller's finest writing, embodying everything he felt about self-liberation and the true life of the spirit.

'Nexus', the final volume in the 'Rosy Crucifixion' trilogy, is a fictionalised and tempestuous last few months in New York. Trapped in a bizarre 'ménage à trois' with his volatile actress wife, Mona, and her eccentric lover, Stasia, Miller's life descends into violent and passionate anarchy. Demoralised, exhausted and finally abandoned by the cunning and disloyal Mona, he sails for Paris.

“Scintillating, bewildering, profound, 'Nexus' has a kind of brawling magnificence that could only emerge from the mind and imagination of a genuine artist.”
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“'Nexus' begins with the release from an asylum of Stasia, the strange bohemian friend of Mona, who adds chaos to an already chaotic household. Her presence leads to the introduction of a series of odd, hilarious and pathetic characters whose feelings of joy and wretchedness are expressed in a torrent of frank dialogue, intermixed with passionate discussions on matters intellectual. Miller gives full rein to his knowledge of human beings and finds obvious delight in writing about an erotic, disorderly sort of existence.”
GUARDIAN

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