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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Nothing like a little blasphemy to round out Christmas week. Originally published in New Worlds magazine inMoorcock expanded the story and republished it as a standalone novella in Glogauer, who returns in another time-traveling novel Moorclck in the Ruins, is yet another incarnation of the fantastic hero as exemplified by Elric, Corum, Dorian Hawkmoon and Jerry Cornelius.

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So proceed with caution if you are so inclined. Karl Glogauer is a Jewish devotee of Jung, a neurotic, failed psychiatrist who is obsessed with Jesus. The story cuts between scenes of his life in 20 th Century London, leading up to his using a time-machine to travel from to 28 AD.

Upon arrival in the Galilean desert, Glogauer is injured and trapped in the past as his time machine is hopelessly damaged. He is found by John the Baptist and mistaken for a magus come to lead the Jews in revolt against the Romans.

John takes him to his community of Essenes, implied to be the community behind the Dead Sea Scrolls, where he is treated. After John asks Glogauer to baptize him, Karl flees into the desert where he experiences a hallucinogenic fever dream.


He emerges determined to find Jesus.

Finding his way to Nazareth, he tracks down Joseph and Mary, micael decidedly do not fit the Biblical model. Jesus is an even more radical departure — a deformed imbecile who can barely speak. At this point Glogauer determines that he must preserve the historical view of Christ — gathering followers, repeating parables and eventually dying on the cross.

Controversial stuff that surely would spark protests if it were released nowadays.

Behold the Man

In an obscure sci-fi mag in the mids, beehold, Moorcock was somewhat ensconced. It still prompts some polarizing reactions on sites like Goodreads. Personally I have no problem with it. And writing like this prompts plenty of questions from the reader. Glogauer is not a religious person, instead he struggles to find existential meaning in Jung and balance that with the diverse faiths he was exposed to as a child.

There is also a question of what is truth within Behold the Man. Glogauer is determined to recreate the truth behind the gospels, yet the events behlld never happen in his world. Where do the stories come from?

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Is Glogauer the true messiah, or is this another archetype he is simply reenacting? If it is believed as the truth by millions throughout the ages, is moodcock really a lie?

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