Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer: Review

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HENRY MILLER (1891-1980) was an American writer and painter famous for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new sort of ‘creative writing’ that is designed to be read as literature… It is a mix of novel, autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, surrealist free association, and mysticism, but mainly it’s a pseudoauthobiography where too much is exaggerated and hyperbolized. His most characteristic bookchildren are "Tropic of Cancer," "Tropic of Capricorn," and "Black Spring."

*The Destiny Of The Book
Tropic of Cancer is a novel by Henry Miller which has been described as "notorious for its candid sexuality" and as responsible for the "free speech that we now take for granted in literature." It’s an unforgettable novel of self-confession, self-deprecatory remarks. Frankly speaking, it resembled me the strip-tease of American innermost soul. Maybe the most honest book ever written, it had been banned as obscene for 27 years after its publication in 1934 in Paris. Nevertheless, a court overturned this order, acknowledging Miller's work as one of the most celebrated victories of the sexual revolution. Nowadays you see immediately how much modern writers owe Miller. It was Miller's "fuck everything" that would inspire subsequent renegades such as Genet, Burroughs, Mailer and Ginsberg. Not bad for a man who had once written: "Why does nobody want what I write?"

*C-Bomb: Women Target
Tropic of Cancer details Henry's Miller's take on la vie boheme of artists between Paris and New York, mostly, in the 1930s.  It describes how an artist survives and spends time a-chasing and using women. Most of the time Miller drops the c-bomb when referring to women. A woman, according to Miller, is an endless stream of unconsciousness, a Great Nothing, a Void, an abyss. All feminine characters are fat and vicious. They beat their men; they are able to enjoy themselves intimately lying on the road. It’s a spit in the society’s inner...
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