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The Man Who Died

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In his last novel, published less than a year before his untimely death at the age of forty-five, D.H. Lawrence takes up the theme of Christ's resurrection and his final days on Earth. Lawrence recounts Christ's agonizing journey from death back to life with an alarmingly profane realism, depicting the tale from the moment of his initial painful awakening to his eventual r...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Harper Perennial (first published September 1929)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Jesus Christ rises from the dead. Or so it seems. He does not, however, ascend into heaven. He has decided to be among men. Among men, and women, with his cock, his cock which "gleams with bright aloneness." To his former life, before he died, he looks back with regret:

"Strange is the phenomenal world, dirty and clean together! And I am the same. Yet I am apart! And life bubbles variously. Why should I have wanted it to bubble all alike? What a pity I preached to them! A sermon is so much more l...more
Ricardo Lourenço
“Escrevi uma história da Ressurreição onde Jesus se levanta a braços com uma grande náusea perante tudo, deixa de suportar a velha multidão, e mais – corta com ela – e enquanto se vai restabelecendo começa a perceber quão espantoso e prodigioso o mundo é, bem mais maravilhoso do que qualquer salvação ou céu – e agradece às suas estrelas por não ter, nunca mais, necessidade de cumprir uma “missão”.”

D.H. Lawrence, em carta a Achsah Brewster

Publicado no ano anterior à sua morte, em O Homem que Mor...more
Mark Knapke
A very short book that is more of a novela. As historians often say that students of American history "must get right with Lincoln," so to must participants in Western culture "get right with Jesus." As a man, little is known of Jesus. Of the 1800 or so sayings attributed to Jesus in the Bible, biblical scholars have whittled that number down to less than 100 sayings that they believe to actually be his. As such, the man is cloaked almost completely in the legend that has been built on his name....more
Susan J.
This is one of those genius stories where you can't even say the subject without spoiling the plot.

I am officially a woman in love.
This is Lawrence's account of what Jesus did after his resurrection. In some ways it's good. Jesus is innovatively and believably done with preaching and being involved with followers and crowds. Lawrence portrays a sense of world-weariness that I feel too in the later parts of the gospels. The first part of the story recounts well his dazed and gradually less numb state finding himself alive after he had been dead. In this section too there is some of Lawrence's wonderful writing about Mediterr...more
Ibrahim Saad
بداية معرفة أن لورانس متأثر بالفيلسوف الألماني نيتشه خصوصاً في كتابة "عدو المسيح" أمر ضروري فهو تأثر بهجومه على المسيح في هذه الرواية و في روايات أخرى منها "عذراء الصخرة" و هذا ما وضحه المترجم في البداية تحت عنوان قبل أن تقرأ
أنه في روايته ينتقد أن المسيح و المسيحيية يهتمون جداً بالعالم و الناس و ينكرون الذات و هدف الحياة في رأيه تحقيق الذات
كما أنه يوضح في الرواية أن المسيحية تحتقر الجسد وهو يرى ضرورة أكتمال الجسد و الروح

كانت الرواية في البداية تسمى "الديك الهارب " نسبة الى الديك الذي في الرو...more
Fuad Takrouri
همسات ما قبل الموت
هذه الرواية التي كتبت قبل وفاة لورنس بسنة تقريباً
أو الإيحاء الذي يسبق الموت
الرجل الذي مات..
هكذا يسميه لورنس،وأحد ما يطرحه لورنس من أسئلة، بعد الحياة الصعبة التي عاشها الرجل الذي مات

**من ذا الذي يريد أن يعود من عالم الأموات؟**

جاء الكثير من الصور في هذه الرواية التي تقفز بغرابة .. الكهف إلى بيت الفلاح إلى كاهنة ايزيس..ولكن بشكل أقرب إلى أن تكون شعرية،وجميلة بنفس الوقت.

**وجاءت أشياء الربيع ومخلوقاته تتوهج بالرغبة والتأكيد،جاءت مثل قمم الزبد من ذلك الفيض الأزرق النابع من الرغبة...more
Rama Bauer
THE MAN WHO DIED is one of the books that I keep coming back to. Every few years I re-read it and always find something new. Lawrence's reimagining of the death and resurrection of Jesus is the finest and most inspiring expression of the author's philosophy of the triumph of life over death, and being over non-being. I cannot express in words what this novella really means to me.
As strange a novel as I've ever read. Having read it twice now, I'm still not sure what to think of it intellectually or spiritually, but it awes me on a visceral level.
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Erik Graff
Jul 22, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in literary takes on Xian traditions
Recommended to Erik by: found it in the Grinnell College Bookstore
Shelves: literature
I purchased and read this edition at Grinnell College, impressed by its cover and interested in its topic. Rather than 'The Man Who Died' this has the original title, too profanely suggestive for publication, namely 'The Escaped Cock'. A novella, it might be compared to Kazanzatkis' long novel as representative of Jesus as a human being with his own, inner life. Here, Jesus survives and escapes--to Egypt where he hooks up with a priestess of Isis, Queen Mother of Heaven.

Lawrence likely had an ag...more
"There was nothing he could touch, for all, in a mad assertion of the ego, wanted to put a compulsion on him, and violate his intrinsic solitude. It was the mania of cities and societies and hosts, to lay a compulsion upon a man, upon all men. For men and women alike were mad with the egoistic fear of their own nothingness." (1375)

"Suddenly it dawned on him: I asked them all to serve me with the corpse of their love. And in the end I offered them only the corpse of my love. Tihs is my body - tak...more
D.H. Lawrence is out of fashion these days. In academia, gender politics tend to rule and Lawrence's complicated views are not seen favorably. To quote Harold Bloom, like the phoenix myth of vitality he wrote so much about, his reputation will rise from the ashes and will return to the higher ranks of the "Canon." One of Lawrence's final novellas, The Man Who Died finds Jesus surviving his crucifixion and exploring his vitality with Isis, an Egyptian Goddess. So he fakes his death and gets it on...more
I was very into this book (novella, really) when I started it. I loved the language and the writing and was fascinated with the idea that Jesus would wake up in the tomb, realize he was not dead, and think "Hoo boy! I get a do-over!" But ultimately, it was the usual D.H. Lawrence sex story. Not a bad thing, just not what I wanted from the book.
Hal Brodsky
This is the first fictional book of Lawrence that I have read. Probably not a good intro to this author. Christ is resurrected or perhaps just mistakenly entombed while still alive. He escapes along with a prize cock. Both search for fulfillment. You need an open mind and some knowledge of Egyptian Mythology to read this. 'Nuff Said.
I read this too quickly, and while sitting in the icu. Thats my excuse. I knew before I went to book club I missed a ton, then figured out I missed much more. I should re read this before I write a real review. That will probably not happen.
isa ve osiris mitlerini yazarın kendi süslemeleri eşliğinde okumak gerçekten keyifli.ayrıca eseri okurken boş durmuyor,ölüm üzerine de düşünüyoruz.bilge karasu'nun ödüllü çevirisiyle türkçe'ye kazandırdığı bu eseri herkese tavsiye ediyorum.
This was more of a long short story than a book, really - only fifty pages. But it was absolutely beautiful, both in the descriptions of places and in its themes. I found it deeply moving. Highly recommended.
Tomem lá sacrilégios e blasfémias, ao melhor estilo de D. H. Lawrence. Onde é que o homem tinha a cabeça? Livro pequeno, que se lê de um fôlego. Muito interessante!
Read in 2000 during my Lawrence and Patchen days. I never liked Lawrence and this book offended me even as a deist, which i was at the time.
Lisa Dekis
Otherworldly - yet a realistic portrayal of Christ as well as an atheist Goddess. Only DH Lawrence can do this.
Andrea Buschman
Curious little tale about what happened after the crucifixion.
Well digested expressions, a master of the comma.
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David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues rel...more
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