The Condition of Muzak

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The Condition of Muzak
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author Michael Moorcock
Cover artist Richard Glyn Jones[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Jerry Cornelius
Genre Literary fiction
Publisher Allison & Busby
Publication date
1977
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 313 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-85031-044-X
OCLC 3098365
823/.9/14
LC Class PZ4.M8185 Co PR6063.O59
Preceded by The English Assassin

The Condition of Muzak is a novel by British fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock. It is the final novel of his long running Jerry Cornelius series. It was first published in its revised form in 1979. [2]

This novel won the 1977 Guardian Fiction Prize.

Overview[edit]

The chaos and decay which permeated A Cure for Cancer and The English Assassin has devolved further into a surreal Europe of splintered city states. Jerry Cornelius, increasingly morphing into his role as Pierrot, has lost the power to change or even affect events and narrows his quest to an everlasting search for his true love, his sister Catherine.

Reviews[edit]

In his review in The Times Tom Hutchinson wrote that "The Condition of Muzak considers the process of living as a harlequinade and is, for me, a most moving summation... Here we move through Mr Moorcock's obsessions, the serials of Fantômas, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Arthurian legend, through chronos-zones - behold the pun! - to bi-sexuality, with a small sideswipe at Stanley Kubrick on the way. The realisation comes that Jerry is seeking sanctuary in different universes of Time in separate private mythologies. As indeed, is the implication, are we all."

In a piece in The Guardian, Barry Cole was "struck by the singular fact that out of science fantasy or science fiction has emerged (J. G. Ballard and Kurt Vonnegut have similarly developed) a writer who has managed to supersede conventional science fantasy and yet make of traditional fiction something wholly new." [2]

Writing in The Observer, Angus Wilson called it "One of the most ambitious, illuminating and enjoyable works of fiction published in English since the war."

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