A fine copy of the first novel by cult musician Nick Cave, dealing with many of the same themes as he does with his music, including death, religion, love and violence. The book is inscribed on the title page: ‘To Mary-Lou Love Nick Cave 1989’.
‘In 1985, I went to live in Berlin, where I got it into my head to write a novel, and for the next three years I locked away myself in a room in Croitesburg and wrote it. I called it And the Ass Saw the Angel. It was about a mad, hermetic mute boy called Euchrid Eucrow, who, having been denied the faculty of speech, eventually explodes in a catharsis of rage and brings to its knees the religious community in which he lives. The story, set in the American South and told through the voice (or non-voice) of Euchrid Eucrow, was written in a kind of hyper-poetic thought-speak not meant to be spoken, a mongrel language that was part Biblical, part Deep South dialect, part gutter slang, at times obscenely reverent and at others reverently obscene. Throughout the story, God fills the mute boy with information, loads him up with bad ideas, “hate inspiration straight from God,” as he puts it. But with no one to talk to, and now way to talk, Euchrid, like a blocked pipe, bursts. For me, Euchrid is Jesus struck dumb, he is the blocked artist, he is internalised imagination become madness’ (Nick Cave).
With comparisons being made with American authors such as William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor, Cave’s debut is a masterpiece in heady Southern Gothic tragedy.
First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author; 8vo; publisher’s cloth with silver lettering to the spine, a little bumped and rubbed, original unclipped dust-jacket depicting ‘Venus chiding Cupid and removing his wings’ by Julia Margaret Cameron, an excellent copy of Nick Cave’s debut novel.
Stock ID: 99285