ARC for the Intrepid – Alan Moore’s Jerusalem
June 14, 2016
Who’s up for Alan Moore’s second (non-graphic) novel, at some 1279 pages, coming this September? I can only claim to have skimmed it myself, but I think it will be something many will be reading and even more claiming to have read. It does have some exquisite descriptions and unsettling ideas, images, and sensations, including several chapters spelled phonetically in a very different dialect (and not just the dialog either). Historical, fantastical, epic, set in Moore’s hometown of Northampton, England, it is here and the right reader is out there. Please comment to claim. It also has a recent, updated photo of Alan Moore himself, who looks like a man probably should after being holed up writing such a tome. It will be in the catalog shortly, and here’s a cover image and an annotation from Norton. [The ARC I have lacks cover art].
Moore, Alan. Jerusalem. Liveright, September, 2016.
In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England’s Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district’s 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 petrolcolored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them. Fiends last mentioned in the second-century Book of Tobit wait in urine-scented stairwells, the delinquent specters of unlucky children undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlors laborers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament. 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 and poverty; of Africa, and hymns, 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 Blake’s eternal holy city. Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, Alan Moore’s epic novel, Jerusalem, is the tale of Everything, told from a vanished gutter.