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The Resource Jerusalem : a novel, Alan Moore

Jerusalem : a novel, Alan Moore

Label
Jerusalem : a novel
Title
Jerusalem
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Alan Moore
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, Jerusalem is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter. In the epic novel Jerusalem, Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets and alleys of his hometown of Northampton, UK. 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 petrol-colored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them. Employing, a kaleidoscope of literary forms and styles that ranges from brutal social realism to extravagant children's fantasy, from the modern stage drama to the extremes of science fiction, Jerusalem's dizzyingly rich cast of characters includes the living, the dead, the celestial, and the infernal in an intricately woven tapestry that presents a vision of an absolute and timeless human reality in all of its exquisite, comical, and heartbreaking splendor. In these pages lurk demons from the second-century Book of Tobit and angels with golden blood who reduce fate to a snooker tournament. Vagrants, prostitutes, and ghosts rub shoulders with Oliver Cromwell, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce's tragic daughter Lucia, and Buffalo Bill, among many others. There is a conversation in the thunderstruck dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, childbirth on the cobblestones of Lambeth Walk, an estranged couple sitting all night on the cold steps of a Gothic church front, and an infant choking on a cough drop for eleven chapters. An art exhibition is in preparation, and above the world a naked old man and a beautiful dead baby race along the Attics of the Breath toward the heat death of the universe. 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, poverty, 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
Cataloging source
DLC
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1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Moore, Alan
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6063.O593
LC item number
J47 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Space and time
  • Slums
  • Mortality
  • Public housing
  • Eternity
  • Fate and fatalism
  • Northampton (England)
Label
Jerusalem : a novel, Alan Moore
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2016014957
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1266 pages;
Isbn
9781631491344
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016014957
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781631491344
  • (Sirsi) b1458537
Label
Jerusalem : a novel, Alan Moore
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2016014957
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1266 pages;
Isbn
9781631491344
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016014957
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781631491344
  • (Sirsi) b1458537

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