The first book of a trilogy of novels known collectively as "The Rosy Crucifixion". It is autobiographical and tells the story of Miller's first tempestuous marriage and his relentless sexual exploits in New York. The other books are "Plexus" and "Nexus".
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Henry Miller was born in 1891 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1940 he went to live in Paris and for the next ten years he migled with impoverished expatriates and bohemian Parisians, including Brassai, Artaud and Anais Nin, with whom he had a much-documented affair. His first published book, Tropic of Cancer, appeared in 1934 from the Obelisk Press in Paris. It was followed five years later by its sister volume, Tropic of Capricorn. Sexually explicit, unashamedly candid, these books electrified the European avant-garde, received praise frmo Eliot, Pound, Beckett and Durrell, but were almost universally banned outside France.
Miller returned to America in 1940, settling in Big Sur, California. Here he wrote the ‘Rosy Crucifixion’ trilogy – Sexus, Plexus and Nexus. In 1961, after a lengthy legal battle, Tropic of Cancer was finally published in the States and in England in 1963. Miller became a household name, hailed by the Sixties counterculture as a phrophet of freedom and sexual revolution.
'I WAS APPROACHING MY THIRTY-THIRD YEAR, THE AGE CHRIST CRUCIFIED. A WHOLLY NEW LIFE LAY BEFORE ME, HAD I THE COURAGE TO RISK ALL'
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.
'Sexus', the first volume in the 'Rosy Crucifixion' trilogy, looks back in fictionalised form to Miller's America life in the 1920s. Frantically seeking antidotes to his dreary job and life 'in a morbidly respectable neighbourhood' with his wife Maude, Miller becomes obsessed with the promiscuous and mysterious Mara, dance hall hostess, femme fatale and pathological liar.
First published in Paris in 1949, this picaresque, extraordinarily candid tale of Miller's sexual escapades amongst the low-life of Brooklyn was banned in Great Britain and America for nearly twenty years.
"A huge, sprawling narrative of Miller's life in New York, 'Sexus' culminates in a description of an orgy as remarkable for its account of the author's powers of sexual endurance as for its versatility. Interspersed are descriptions of his friends, some of them extremely funny and all of them lively. The lack of inhibition and genteel or moral restraint with which Miller describes these various characters gives 'Sexus' a unique vitality. Miler cannot be pompous, a rare virtue, and his honesty is absolute"
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Descrizione libro Flamingo, 1993. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110006547044
Descrizione libro Flamingo, 1993. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 6547044