By Henry Miller
The arguable, erotic and hilarious spouse to the mythical Tropic of melanoma, in a wise new Harper Perennial glossy Classics edition.
A riotous and explosive mix of joys and frustrations, Tropic of Capricorn chronicles Miller's formative years in ny, from his repressive Brooklyn youth spent among 'a galaxy of screwballs' to frantic, hilarious years of dead-end jobs and innumerable erotic adventures. Irreverent and ironic, Tropic of Capricorn is either a comic book portrait of the irrepressible Miller himself and a scathing assault on decent the USA, the very foundations of which he was hoping to shatter.
The booklet of Tropic of Capricorn and its sister-volume Tropic of melanoma in Paris within the Thirties was once hailed by way of Samuel Beckett as 'a momentous occasion within the historical past of contemporary writing'. The books have been for this reason banned within the united kingdom and the us for almost thirty years.
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