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Paris 1928: Nexus II

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Published for the first time in English, Paris 1928 (Nexus II) continues in true Henry Miller fashion the narrative begun in Nexus, the third volume of the Rosy Crucifixion trilogy. A rough draft that Miller ultimately abandoned, the story describes Miller's first wondrous glimpse of Paris and underscores several of the recurrent themes of his work. These previously unpublished memoirs capture Miller?s troubled relationship with his second wife, June; reflections on what he left behind in New York?s sweltering ...

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Overview

Published for the first time in English, Paris 1928 (Nexus II) continues in true Henry Miller fashion the narrative begun in Nexus, the third volume of the Rosy Crucifixion trilogy. A rough draft that Miller ultimately abandoned, the story describes Miller's first wondrous glimpse of Paris and underscores several of the recurrent themes of his work. These previously unpublished memoirs capture Miller’s troubled relationship with his second wife, June; reflections on what he left behind in New York’s sweltering summer of 1927; and the anticipation of all that awaits him in Europe. Paris 1928 presents Miller’s views on Europe on the brink of great changes, counterpointed by his own personal sexual revelry and freedom of choice. Illustrations in this edition are by Australian artist and filmmaker Garry Shead.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Picking up where the final book of Miller's Rosy Crucifixion trilogy left off, this rough draft of an ultimately abandoned novel is a fictionalized remembering of Miller and his second wife's first trip to Europe in 1928, a moment explored in much of his previous work, most notably Tropic of Capricorn. As Val, Miller's stand-in; and his wife, Mona, bum around Paris, their encounters with artists and friends allow Miller to interrogate the artist's life and the role of America in post-WWI society. The decadence of Paris is then cleverly juxtaposed with episodes from a later trip to Eastern Europe, where Mona's family shows Val a very different side of Europe's post-war recovery. Though the text is peppered with numerous sexually-charged illustrations by Australian artist Shead, those expecting Miller's well-known sexual provocations will find themselves somewhat disappointed by what turns out to be a rather gentle travelogue; what salacious bits there are don't come until the very end. While this will be of particular interest for Miller scholars and completionists—for whom it offers unique insights into the author's fiction and memory—casual readers will likely find it pales in comparison to Miller's more complex and complete works. Illus. (Aug.)
James M. Decker

"This book is an important piece of literary history, offering different perspectives on people and places that Miller wrote about elsewhere." —James M. Decker, author of Henry Miller and Narrative Form: Constructing the Self, Rejecting Modernity and editor of Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal

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"This book is an important piece of literary history, offering different perspectives on people and places that Miller wrote about elsewhere." —James M. Decker, author of Henry Miller and Narrative Form: Constructing the Self, Rejecting Modernity and editor of Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253008312
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 8/29/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Miller (1891-1980), American novelist, memoirist, and essayist, was best known for merging personal experience with fiction, blurring the lines between reality and imagination. His most notable literary works include Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.

Tom Thompson is an Australian publisher and literary agent who has represented the Estates of Henry Miller, Arthur Upfield, and Judith Wright. He recently edited Lewis Morley’s photographs, I to Eye, and introduced Richard Brautigan’s The God of Martians.

Indiana University Press

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