By Henry Miller
“A ideal expression of Miller’s ethical point of view in addition to one in all his awesome demonstrations of narrative ability. It offers an excellent cinematic view of 2 indomitable egotists in lethal conflict.” ―The Nation
The satan in Henry Miller’s vast Sur paradise is Conrad Moricand: “A pal of his Paris days, who, having been financed and taken over from Europe as an act of mercy through Mr. Miller, seems as exacting, sponging, evil, crafty and ungrateful a visitor as are available in modern literature. Mr. Miller has continually been a notable writer of personality. Conrad Moricand is maybe his masterpiece. . . .A satan in Paradise is the paintings of an outstanding novelist manqué, a novelist who has no stricter experience of shape than the divine author. . . .Fresh and intoxicating, humorous and relocating. . .” ―The occasions Literary Supplement (London)
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Sorcerers. Hermits. Gravediggers. Beggars. “Profundity. Solitude. Anguish. “Chasms. Caverns. ” Let me add a few of the more common qualities they possess, according to Moricand. “Grave, taciturn, closed. Love solitude, all that is mysterious, are contemplative. “They are sad and heavy. “They are born old. “They see the bad before the good. The weakness in everything leaps immediately to their eyes. “Penitence, regrets, perpetual remorse. “Cling to the remembrance of injuries done them. “Seldom or never laugh; when they do, it is a sardonic laugh.
It can’t rain all the time! ” If he was in a mood to listen I might even go further and say: “Why don’t you forget the stars for a while? Why not take a vacation and act as if fortune were yours? Who knows what might happen? You might meet a man in the street, an utter stranger, who would be the means of opening these doors you regard as locked. There is such a thing as grace too. It could happen, you know, if you were in the right mood, if you were prepared to let something happen. ” To a speech of this sort he would give me one of those strange looks which signified many things.
Ouais! Tu parles! The labyrinth, the chamois with the golden horns, the grail, the argonaut, the kermesse à la Breughel, the wounded groin of Scorpio, the profanation of the host, the Areopagite, translunacy, symbiotic neurosis, and in a wilderness of pebbles a lone katydid. Keep it up, the wheel is softly turning. A time comes when… Now he is bent over his pantâcles. Reads with a Geiger counter. Unlatching his gold fountain pen, he writes in purple milk: Porphyry, Proclus, Plotinus, Saint Valentin, Julian the Apostate, Hermes Trismegistus, Apollonius of Tyana, Claude Saint-Martin.
A Devil in Paradise by Henry Miller