Tenement of Clay (cloth)
- Author: West, Paul
- Binding: Clothbound with Mylar Jacket
- Pages: 216
- Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
- Pub. Year: 1993
- ISBN: 0-929701-27-5
- In Stock: Yes
Also Available in Paperback: Add to CartSlums of the American city of New Babylon provide an all-goo-real setting for this prescient novel of homelessness, noble intentions, moral corruption, and social castoffs. Tenement of Clay tells of Papa Nick, a dwarf wrestler named Lazarus, and a derelict called Lacland. Originally published in England in 1965, this is the first U.S. publication of what is essentially West's first novel (though technically his second). In its language and moral complexity it heralds all of the dark but major themes of his later, award-winning novels. (Mr. West received the 1993 $50,000 Lannan Prize for Fiction).
"Parts of it recall Beckett, and parts The Tin Drum; the prose is densely American. It's an exciting book that promises in its opening pages to treat and hold on to the subject of the modern human condition.... The size of the attempt is remarkable and impressive. Its characters are essentially grotesques -- Pee Wee Lazarus, the dwarf wrestler; Lacland, the bum found at the entrance to the subway station, emerged from some primeval darkness, without speech or aim; and Papa Nick, who attempts to organize their lives...."
-- Malcolm Bradbury, Punch
British by birth, American for 30 years now, Mr. West has authored an array of imaginative novels -- including Rat Man of Paris, Lord Byron's Doctor, The Place in Flowers Where Pollen Rests, The Tent of Orange Mist -- along with such non-fiction works as...
- My Father's War - A remarkable vision of father and son, evoking the lasting effects of war. . .
- Sheer Fiction, Volume Four - The long-awaited final volume of West's literary essays, with complete index I-IV.
- Sheer Fiction, Volume One (cloth)
- Sheer Fiction, Volume One (paper)
- Sheer Fiction, Volume Three
- Sheer Fiction, Volume Two
- Tenement of Clay (paper)