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Under the Volcano

Malcolm Lowry
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UNDER THE VOLCANO — MALCOLM LOWRY

This novel, to use a phrase of Edmund Wilson, has for its subject the forces that dwell within man and lead him to look upon himself with terror. Its subject is also the fall of man, his remorse, his incessant struggle towards the light under the weight of the past, which is his destiny. The allegory is that of the Garden of Eden, the garden representing the world from which we are now even a little more under the threat of ejection than when I wrote this book. On one level, the drunkenness of the Consul may be regarded as symbolizing the universal drunkenness of war, of the period that precedes war, no matter when. Throughout the twelve chapters, the destiny of my hero can be considered in its relationship to the destiny of humanity. (from Lowry's preface to the French translation, 1948)
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