Ships from/sold by Buy.com
See All Buying Options
advertisement

Under the Volcano (Paperback)

Author:  Malcolm/ Spender Lowry Afterword:  William T. Vollmann Introduction:  Stephen Spender
$10 off $30 for New Registering Customers. Use promo code NEW10 at checkout. Ends 7/14/2014.
Earn Super Points: Write a Review
Sorry, this selection is currently unavailable.
Under the Volcano Lowry, Malcolm/ Spender, Stephen (INT)/ Vollmann, William T. (AFT) 1 of 1
$14.99
(Save 32%)
$10.10 + $3.10 SHIPPING
EARN 11 RAKUTEN SUPER POINTS™ Super Points
What are Rakuten Super Points™?
Get rewarded when you shop! Earn 1 point per dollar spent. That's like getting cash back on every purchase. Easy to see matured points in checkout. Use points just like cash.
Learn More
FORMAT: Paperback
CONDITION:  Brand New
IN STOCK: Usually Ships within 1 business day
2 New
from
$10.10
See all sellers
45 day return policy
Special Offer!
Share
promo
 
Description
 

Product Details:

Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0061120154
ISBN-13: 9780061120152
Sku: 202836610
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  402
Age Range:  NA
See more in Literary
 
A story taking place on a single day, the Day of the Dead in 1938, explores the life of alcoholic British consul Geoffrey Firmin and his wife Yvonnes attempt to save their failed marriage, despite the presence of the consuls half-brother, Hugh, and childhood friend, Jacques. *Author: Lowry, Malcolm/ Spender, Stephen (INT)/ Vollmann, William T. (AFT) *Publication Date: 2007/04/01 *Number of Pages: 402 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
Annotation:
The autobiographical novel of a man trapped by his own sense of acedia--the compulsive need to alienate himself from those who love him and want to help him redeem himself. British consul Geoffrey Firmin is an alcoholic, stationed in Mexico during the Spanish Civil War, who consistently rejects the entreaties of his wife and friends to give up the alcohol that is killing him.
Author Bio
William T. Vollmann
A true literary iconoclast, William T. Vollmann has been compared to Hunter S. Thompson, Thomas Pynchon, Richard Powers, and Dennis Cooper. Vollman is one of the rare writers who can combine cerebral postmodern literary pyrotechnics with a Gonzo journalistic engagement with the real world. He became a cult favorite with his wildly ambitious first novel, YOU BRIGHT AND RISEN ANGELS (1987), and cemented his reputation with EUROPE CENTRAL (2005) which won the National Book Award for fiction. Both prodigious and prolific, Vollmann regularly produces long novels, nonfiction, and autobiographical fiction about such diverse topics as traveling with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, riding trains, Pocahontas, Copernicus, his avowed love of prostitutes, and, in his seven-volume RISING UP AND RISING DOWN (2004), a vast thesis on the nature and morality of violence.

Lowry was born in a small Cheshire town and attended local schools as well as a boarding school in Cambridge. When he was 17, he sailed to the Far East as a cabin boy aboard the S.S. Pyrrhus, but returned in 1929 to begin his university studies at Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in English. His first novel, ULTRAMARINE, was published in 1933, and in 1934 he married his first wife, Jan Gabrial, in Paris. A year later he was briefly hospitalized in the psychiatric wing of Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In 1936, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, he began writing UNDER THE VOLCANO. While the novel was in progress, his wife left him, and Lowry moved from Mexico to Los Angeles where, in 1939, he met Margerie Bonner (his second wife) and went with her to Vancouver, continuing to toil away at UNDER THE VOLCANO in the squatter's shack they rented. In 1944, the shack burned down, and the Lowrys moved to Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario to stay with friends while Lowry completed what was by now the fourth draft of his novel. In 1946, the novel was finally completed, and it was published in 1947. In the remaining years of his life, Lowry alternated between Vancouver, New York, and Europe, continuing to write stories and poems. In 1955 he returned to England, to a small village in Sussez, where he died two years later.

Lowry was born in a small Cheshire town and attended local schools as well as a boarding school in Cambridge. When he was 17, he sailed to the Far East as a cabin boy aboard the S.S. Pyrrhus, but returned in 1929 to begin his university studies at Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in English. His first novel, ULTRAMARINE, was published in 1933, and in 1934 he married his first wife, Jan Gabrial, in Paris. A year later he was briefly hospitalized in the psychiatric wing of Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In 1936, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, he began writing UNDER THE VOLCANO. While the novel was in progress, his wife left him, and Lowry moved from Mexico to Los Angeles where, in 1939, he met Margerie Bonner (his second wife) and went with her to Vancouver, continuing to toil away at UNDER THE VOLCANO in the squatter's shack they rented. In 1944, the shack burned down, and the Lowrys moved to Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario to stay with friends while Lowry completed what was by now the fourth draft of his novel. In 1946, the novel was finally completed, and it was published in 1947 to great acclaim in the US. In the remaining years of his life, Lowry alternated between Vancouver, New York, and Europe, continuing to write stories and poems. In 1955 he was persuaded by his wife to return to England, to a small village in Sussex, where he died two years later under mysterious circumstance after a drinking binge; there is reason to believe that he either committed suicide or was in fact murdered by his wife.

Praise

"Poet Stephen Spender calls it 'the most interesting novel I have read since Lawrence and Joyce.' Critic Alfred Kazin says it 'belongs with the most original and creative novels of our time.' As a study of the anguished conditions of the human soul, UNDER THE VOLCANO never misses a trick." 02/24/1947
Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0402
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
Advertisement Bottom