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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Turtleback Books
Publication date March 1, 2001
Binding Prebinding
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780613175746
ISBN-10 0613175743
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $23.45
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: One of the twentieth century's great undisputed masterpieces, Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano includes an introduction by Michael Schmidt in Penguin Modern Classics.It is the fiesta 'Day of the Dead' in the small Mexican town of Quauhnahuac. In the shadow of the volcano, ragged children beg coins to buy skulls made of chocolate, ugly pariah dogs roam the streets and Geoffrey Firmin - ex-consul, ex-husband, an alcoholic and a ruined man - is living out the last day of his life. Drowning himself in mescal while his former wife and half-brother look on, powerless to help him, the consul has become an enduring tragic figure. As the day wears on, it becomes apparent that Geoffrey must die. It is his only escape from a world he cannot understand. His story, the image of one man's agonised journey towards Calvary, became a prophetic book for a whole generation.Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957) was born and died in England. Between school and studying English at St Catherine's College, Cambridge he spent five months at sea as a deckhand, an experience which gave him the material for his first novel, Ultramarine (1933). After marrying in Paris, he moved to New York where he completed In Ballast to the White (1936). Under The Volcano was begun in Hollywood, coloured by a short stay in the Mexico that it describes, and eventually finished in Dollarton, British Columbia. If you enjoyed Under the Volcano, you might like F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and the Damned, also available in Penguin Classics.'A Faustian masterpiece'Anthony Burgess

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780060153670
 
Reissue edition from Harpercollins (September 1, 1984)
9780060153670 | details & prices | List price $15.95
About: Geoffrey Firmin, a former British consul, struggles to surmount the forces which threaten to destroy him
Paperback
Book cover for 9780060955229 Book cover for 9780061120152 Book cover for 9780452255951
 
With William T. Vollmann (other contributor), Stephen Spender (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Harper Perennial Modern Classics (April 1, 2007)
9780061120152 | details & prices | 402 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.74 lbs | List price $15.99
from Perennial (May 1, 2000)
9780060955229 | details & prices | 397 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $14.00
About: Geoffrey Firmin, a former British consul, struggles to surmount the forces that threaten to destroy him as he copes with alcholism, a failing marriage, and family secrets during one fateful celebration of the Day of the Dead, in a novel set in 1930s Mexico.
Reissue edition from New Amer Library (August 1, 1992)
9780452255951 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $13.95
About: One of the twentieth century's great undisputed masterpieces, Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano includes an introduction by Michael Schmidt in Penguin Modern Classics.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780886462185 Book cover for 9781574531602
 
from Natl Book Network (July 1, 2000)
9780743800198 | details & prices | List price $22.00
With Nick Ullett (other contributor) | Abridged edition from Audio Literature (August 1, 1997)
9781574531602 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.25 × 1.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $21.95
About: The Consul staggers from bar to bar hoping to find salvation.
from Dh Audio (March 1, 1988)
9780886462185 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $16.99
Prebinding
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from Turtleback Books (March 1, 2001)
9780613175746 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $23.45
About: One of the twentieth century's great undisputed masterpieces, Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano includes an introduction by Michael Schmidt in Penguin Modern Classics.

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