Title: Behold the Man. Author: Michael Moorcock. Genre: Science Fiction. Publisher: Gollancz Publication Date: New Edition 11 Nov (First. can’t really call me a spoiler if the merchandise is already spoiled. That’s the awkward situation Michael Moorcock creates with Behold the Man. Behold the Man was originally written as a novella in Read the review on SFBook.

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Notify me of moorcick comments via email. Moorcock explores the nature of our need, desire and construction of religion, guilt and ultimately faith as a human invention so that we may have humanity. Feb 12, Boris rated it it was amazing. The reason I didn’t really enjoy this book isn’t the prose or structure both strongsimply that the story is unexciting, largely unchallenging, and predictable, focused entirely on a central character who is not only unlikable, but also for me uninteresting.

If you don’t mind Moorcock playing with basics of Christianity, then you might well find it interesting. Share this review Google Pinterest Facebook Twitter. A moorccok concept – almost worth the 5 star rating on its own – which michzel developed in an admirable way, making your head spin.

Jul 14, M. At the same time he does this while skating wildly on the edge of great blasphemy, black humor, everyday dark psychology in a compact blend of parable and classic sci-fi–though turning both on their head by placing the whole mix in a room full of mirrors via time travel. Masterworks Fantasy Masterworks Author Recommendations. And hey, I might even take a look at the sequel, Breakfast in the Ruins, sometime if it comes my mivhael and I’m a bit desperate.

Jan 22, Mark Lawrence rated it it was ok.

Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock

The face was vacant and foolish. The protagonist, Karl Glogauer, is amn our current time. Retrieved 24 May Behold the Man is a michale, clever book that pulls no punches and is told in a simple, uncompromising style. It’s the 60s, man, a time of beatnik philosophy. Or maybe his wasn’t really anger or bitterness, but just the same immature sense of rebellion against authority that leads a 14 years old kid to write obscene graffiti on the school walls.


Behold the Man was originally written as a novella in and won the Nebula award for best novella. The destruction however might be limited merely to our own galaxy. I won’t do that here. In a way, it suggests the power of the Christian message: After Karl’s death on bbehold cross, the body is stolen by a doctor who believed the body mab magical properties, leading to rumours that he did not die. View all 8 comments.

Moorcock’s seminal time travel novel is part theological inquiry and part psychological novel. He is found by John the Baptist and mistaken for a magus come to lead the Jews in revolt against the Romans. The title derives from the Gospel of John, Chapter 19, Verse 5: Nov 14, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: Only, nothing is quite the way he remembers it from the Bible. Karl Glogauer is a Jewish devotee of Jung, a neurotic, failed psychiatrist who is obsessed with Jesus.

We quickly learn that Karl is a neurotic, self-centered, immature idiot. Michael Senft on Diversity Shines with Nebula….

Glogauer is determined to recreate the truth behind the gospels, yet the events described never happen in his world.

Behold the Man

Day one at Tucson Fe… on Review: Jul 30, Nikola Pavlovic rated it really liked it. If you are indifferent or anti-Christian then the book may not bother you, miorcock it may even please you. The Author’s Note, at the end, is very interesting and at the same time very dangerous for book addicts like myself.

This has a very retro feel about it. Iz mog ugla ova knjiga udara hriscane tamo gde boli, i huli njihovu veru sto se meni izvanredno dopada. Let’s even call them apostles….


As the novel progresses we build up tye picture of just who Glogauer is. It goes without saying neither writer appropriated the revered book for commercial gain, rather ideological exposition. Published March 22nd by The Overlook Press first published Novels by Michael Moorcock British novels British novels British science fiction novels science fiction novels science fiction novels Novelistic portrayals of Jesus Cultural depictions of John the Baptist Novels about time travel Works originally published in New Worlds magazine Nebula Award for Best Novella-winning works Cultural depictions moofcock Mary mother of Jesus Christianity in fiction Religion in science fiction Existentialist novels Allison and Busby books.

Some of the best ideas are those that cause contention and this book is no exception. Really, it toys with ideas of identity, predestination, time loops, etc. Here’s another way of putting it: Join mna 3-emails-a-year newsletter prizes.

In more recent years, Moorcock has taken to using “Warwick Colvin, Jr. I’ve read the negative reviews of the book.

Behold the Man, a book by Michael Moorcock | Book review

Almost like the outpouring of a spiteful teenager. One beold Karl Glogauer’s adventure in the Middle East nearly two thousand years ago, and the other is Glogauer’s life from when his parents split when he was five.

And with the original intriguing concept, this story could have been so many good things. Moorcock writes in strong prose that drives his narrative full steam ahead ideologically, so hard in fact, three years after writing the novella he published a novel-length rendering. Let the reader do the work. Jesus is born a deformed and mentally challenged individual who can barely express himself, repeating his name over and over.