Cover illustration by Fred Gambino
First published by Faber and Faber in 1969.
A fixup novel based on:
Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
- Just Passing Through (1967)
- Multi-Value Motorway (1967)
- Still Trajectories (1967)
- Auto-Ancestral Fracture (1967)
- The Serpent of Kundalini (1968)
- Drake-Man Route (1968)
- Ouspenski's Astrabahn (1968)
The old world has gone, but its shell remains in place. One day soon, there will come a breath of wind, a new messiah, the shell will crumble, and the kids will run streaming, screaming, barefoot in the head, through lush imaginary meadows. What a time to be young!
After the PCA bombs dropped with their hallucinatory load, Europe became a disintegrating world, populated by a traumatised people with a new catalogue of confusing and contradictory images. In this drug-distorted nightmare Colin Charteris finds himself proclaimed a saviour and a hero, leading a crusade he neither understands nor can hope to win, a cause that carries within itself the seeds of its own destruction . . .
"Mirrors fantastically the violence and destruction of our times . . . an extraordinary book - a dark, sombre, sustained vision . . . dense and powerful"- The Listener
"An extremely urgent criticism of life in the present"- Daily Telegraph
"Extraordinarily inventive"- Oxford Mail
"The kind of breakthrough which crushes criticism with admiration"- Western Mail
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