Jerusalem Author Alan Moore
ISBN-10 1631491342
ISBN-13 9781631491344
Year 2016-09-13
Pages 1280
Language English
Publisher Liveright
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New York Times Bestseller Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope Jerusalem is the tale of everything told from a vanished gutter In the epic novel Jerusalem Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets and alleys of his hometown of Northampton UK In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was Englands Saxon capital eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects Embedded in the grubby amber of the districts narrative among its saints kings prostitutes and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrol colored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them Employing a kaleidoscope of literary forms and styles that ranges from brutal social realism to extravagant childrens fantasy from the modern stage drama to the extremes of science fiction Jerusalems dizzyingly rich cast of characters includes the living the dead the celestial and the infernal in an intricately woven tapestry that presents a vision of an absolute and timeless human reality in all of its exquisite comical and heartbreaking splendor In these pages lurk demons from the second century Book of Tobit and angels with golden blood who reduce fate to a snooker tournament Vagrants prostitutes and ghosts rub shoulders with Oliver Cromwell Samuel Beckett James Joyces tragic daughter Lucia and Buffalo Bill among many others There is a conversation in the thunderstruck dome of St Pauls Cathedral childbirth on the cobblestones of Lambeth Walk an estranged couple sitting all night on the cold steps of a Gothic church front and an infant choking on a cough drop for eleven chapters An art exhibition is in preparation and above the world a naked old man and a beautiful dead baby race along the Attics of the Breath toward the heat death of the universe An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth poverty and our threadbare millennium They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce hold forth on the illusion of mortality post Einstein and insist upon the meanest slum as Blakes eternal holy city 1 map 3 illustrations

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