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Impromptu in Moribundia
ISBN 0905488334 / 9780905488332 / 0-905488-33-4
Publisher Trent Editions
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A stunning anomaly within the literary oeuvre of Patrick Hamilton, "Impromptu in Moribundia" (first published in 1939) is the most explicit production of his interest in a Marxist analysis of society. It is a satirical fable about one (nameless) man's trespass (through a fantastical machine called the 'Asteradio') into a parallel universe on a far-off planet where the 'miserably dull affairs of England' are mirrored and transformed into an apparent idyll of bourgeois English imagination. Moribundia - in the words of Peter Widdowson, editor and annotator of this edition - is the 'physical enactment of the stereotypes and myths of English middleclass culture and consciousness'. Yet the narrator comes to discover that he has stumbled among a people characterized by 'cupidity, ignorance, complacence, meanness, ugliness, short-sightedness, cowardice, credulity, hysteria and, when the occasion called for it...cruelty and blood-thirstiness'. Faber Finds is devoted to restoring to readers a wealth of lost or neglected classics and authors of distinction. The range embraces fiction, non-fiction, the arts and children's books. For a full list of available titles visit our associated website. To join the dialogue with fellow book-lovers please see our blog. [via]