Behold the Man
Breakfast in the Ruins
Behold the Man is - a classic of New Wave SF: physics is thrust intot he background and psychology dragged to the fore. The nerves of sex are thrown into patterns on a screen, and problems both material and metaphysical are proposed that provoke only unacceptable answers. The progression of the story and the surface appearance of the prose are broken up and scattered. The manner of narration switches between blank innocence and over-exposed conscience. In this book Moorcock intensified his investigation of the hero-victim. It is a vivisection, brutal, noisy, and poignant.
(1969 - Original novella 1966)
Karl Glogauer, Obsessed with the bright silver crucifix that dangles round the little girl's neck, tortured by his growing sexuality and the overwhelming mystic powers of religion... Karl Glogauer lovers with Eva, innocent and beautiful, but he is too destructive. He loves with a troop of middle-aged women, but they are just training ground. He loves with Monica, but she is explosive, she stings like a scorpion. He loves. He tries to love. He tries...
The story of Glogauer's crisis of identity weaves between Glogauer's erotic hunt for personality and Christ's journey to the cross. This is perhaps the most controversial portrait of Christ ever painted.
Behold the Man. Herts: Mayflower, 1973.
"If there is a moral to this book, it is a simple one: there are no easy answers."
The new divine tragedy of Karl Glogauer - surrogate-Christ of the Nebula-winning novel of 'Behold the Man' - begins in the unlikely locale of Derry and Toms' roof garden. He continues his quest through time and space, searching for Harmony and (if the two are not the same) Freedom from Fear.
Breakfast in the Ruins. London: New English Library, 1975.