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I.N.R.I. (Karl Glogauer)

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Quando un uomo dei nostri tempi, intrappolato sul Golgota, urla la frase inglese “It’s a lie! It’s a lie! Let me down!” (“È falso, è falso, fatemi scendere!”), è comprensibile che i testimoni la interpretino come una distorsione dell’aramaico: “Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani”. Per sapere come si sia potuti arrivare a quell’urlo, tuttavia, dovremo sbarcare in Palestina nel 28 ...more
Paperback, Urania Collezione #102, 186 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by Mondadori (first published 1969)
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Dan Schwent
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: moorcock
Karl Glogauer, lonely misunderstood misfit, reaches the end of his rope and volunteers to man an experimental time machine for a friend. Glogauer goes to A.D. 28 to witness the crucifixion of Jesus. Only, nothing is quite the way he remembers it from the Bible. John the Baptist is a revolutionary, Mary and Joseph's marriage isn't the way it should be, and as for Jesus...

While most people know Michael Moorcock from the Elric stories, for my money, the best Moorcock stories are the ones only tang
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Mark Lawrence
I read this shortly before reading Moorcock's 'The Shores of Death" (sidenote: I just typoed this 'The Shoes of Death' - which would be a cool title.) In the three years between Behold the Man and The Shores of Death Moorcock's work seems to have gained an order of magnitude in sophistication. This is actually one of his better written books - no small thing given that Moorcock's more serious efforts are quite something.

My 2* isn't the 'not quite as crap as 1*' kind of 2*, it's taken off the Goo
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Susana
(review in english below)

Um conceito fabuloso - que, só por si, quase valia as 5 estrelas - e um desenvolvimento admirável, que nos põe a cabeça a andar à roda.

A Nota do Autor, no final, é interessantíssima e ao mesmo tempo perigosa para livrólicos e livrólicas como eu.

Recomendadíssimo, excepto para cristãos fanáticos - ou não tivesse o autor recebido ameaças de morte quando esta história foi publicada nos Estados Unidos...

A fabulous concept - almost worth the 5 star rating on its own - which is
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Stephen
3.0 to 3.5 stars. A short book, but filled with emotion and some extremely controversial subjects. I thought Moorcock handled the main character well. Good use of SF to explore issues of faith, religion and personal discovery.
Tom Tabasco
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Manny
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know those science-fiction novels where they go back in time, and discover they've become some well-known historical character? Like Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, where the hero finds out he's become the Person from Porlock. This novel takes the idea pretty much to its logical conclusion... not sure it's possible to trump becoming Jesus Christ.

It's well worth reading. Science-fiction writers are notorious for having great ideas and then blowing the execution (the Trout Complex, a
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[Name Redacted]
This felt like a childish attempt to do what Kazantzakis and Graves did far better. I love many of Moorcock's books, but this one was hamfisted, pedantic and hopelessly adolescent in its approach to what could have been a very fascinating story. It felt less like a real literary work and more like a teenager's attempt to vent his spleen, the sort of thing you can imagine a youth scribbling furiously in his binder and then leaning back to admire with a smug, self-satisfied smirk because he believ ...more
A. Dawes
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has a very retro feel about it. It's the 60s, man, a time of beatnik philosophy. People psychologically grappling with their own sanity as they explore ideas about what it means to be human.

This work won't be for everyone. The protagonist, Karl, is an unsettled philosophical wanderer of the era. He brings so much intensity and insecurity to his relationships that he inevitably ensures they devolve into crappy self-destructive states.

Karl's world takes a dramatic turn though when he finds
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Ivan Lutz
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ovakva ateistička priča mogla je proći u USA jedino šezdesetih. Vrlo hrabro zadiranje i "povijest" kršćanstva sa suludim krajem koji negira temelj kršćanske religije, a prikaz Isusa, ovog pravog Isusa je genijalan...
Marvin
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was a re-read of one of my favorite science fiction novels. It's been a while so I forgot a lot. This re-read did not disappoint me. Moorcock's seminal time travel novel is part theological inquiry and part psychological novel. The plot is about a man who goes back in time to discover the real Jesus. However our "hero" is not altogether together and has a bit of a Messiah complex himself. Where this leads is part of the genius of Moorcock's tale. It is about identity and finding meaning in ...more
Ben Loory
kind of brilliant, even though it's obviously (and actually) a much-pumped-up short story (which also feels like it was written in about two or three weeks (probably so moorcock could pay for a shitload more books to read on a ton of various esoteric subjects)). never less than fun and often actually truly shocking, which i always find amazing-- almost never happens. it also has a chapter which begins "The madman came stumbling into the town" which is such a great line i am now going to steal it ...more
Nikki
Moorcock's Behold the Man is entirely different to his Elric books, or Gloriana, or anything else of his I've come across so far. Certain people might find it offensive because it undermines the sanctity of Jesus Christ, and tangles that story up in a lot of sexual and mental health hangups. Worse, the figure who becomes Jesus is not altruistic, but self-absorbed and narcissistic.

Still, I think it's a very interesting way of looking at the story, even if I don't like the way it portrays Christi
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Kate Sherrod
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Jungian meets girl. Jungian loses religious/philosophical argument with girl. Jungian jumps into Time Machine to prove girl wrong about Jebus. Jungian blunders into being accepted as Jebus by denizens of the time to which he has traveled. Jungian further blunders by trying to reenact what he knows about Jebus. You know, to preserve history and biblical truth. Jungian gets crucified. Jungian never sees girl again.

I'm sure this was all very shocking back in
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Erik Graff
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I don't generally like Moorcock, particularly his fantasy novels, but this novella is an excellent story on at least two levels. First, it draws on the image of the Christ, both as portrayed in the gospels and as interpreted by scholarship. Here, Moorcock has done credible homework. Second, it is a fair psychological study, not only of the ostensible protagonist, a tortured modern, but also on who he becomes, namely, Jesus, the Anointed. As such, the novel is virtually an extended gloss on Jesus ...more
Nikola Pavlovic
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ima spojlera!!!!! Pa da pocnem: Iz mog ugla ova knjiga udara hriscane tamo gde boli, i huli njihovu veru sto se meni izvanredno dopada. Isus je balavi maloumnik a njegovo mesto zauzima covek iz buducnosti koji ne zeli da dozvoli da mit o Isusu propadne, odnosno da se cin raspeca nikada ne dogodi i to sve zbog nekih njegovih ubedjenja proisteklih iz citanja Junga i iz nerazumevanje i klinca sa jednom zenom koja veoma zdravorazumski razmislja. Jedino je Jovan krstitelj (rec krstitelj u sebi ima to ...more
Boris
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Možda ovo nije priča za punih 5 zvjezdica, ali meni je trenutno dobro sjela: jedna varijanta priče o Isusu kao povijesnoj osobi, začinjena putovanjem kroz vrijeme i raspravom koju vode glavni lik i njegova cura na temu religija vs znanost.
Čitao sam prijevod iz Nebula 1.
Saara
One of Moorcock's earlier works, I picked this novel up primarily because of its brevity (I was looking for a quick read) and, almost just as importantly, its intriguing premise.

Behold the Man is all about Karl Glogauer's life-long search for God and Christ, and his sense of disconnection from the rest of the world. The style is rather disjointed and fluctuates between tenses and perspectives (first-person versus third-person), and the story is told in non-chronological fragments. This is actual
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Ethan Miller
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic! What a gem of a little novel this is. A synopsis of the book even in its most basic and vague form is a spoiler so let me tip toe around the plot in my review. It is a classic. Moorcock explores the nature of our need, desire and construction of religion, guilt and ultimately faith as a human invention so that we may have humanity. At the same time he does this while skating wildly on the edge of great blasphemy, black humor, everyday dark psychology in a compact blend of parable and ...more
Stephen Curran
"'Why do I destroy everything I love?'
'Oh, God! Don't give me that maudlin teenage stuff, Karl, please!'"

Well, quite.

There's nothing wrong with a bit of deliberate provocation but this is as crude as drawing cocks on paintings. Having the time traveller in this story fuck an adulterous Mary while her disabled son Jesus looks on is the kind of thing that only a moody fourteen year old could mistake for depth, especially if the text is peppered with quotes from Milton and the Bible and anguished
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Sable
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read for the SF Masterworks Challenge and the Science Fiction Masterworks Book Club.

This was amazingly subversive at the time that it was written. And I suppose that a person who was raised Christian or Jewish might find it mind-blowingly subversive even now. That's worth commending, and it's probably why this book is one of the SF Masterworks.

But that's not why it's a great book.

So don't read the rest of this review if you really don't want spoilers! But it's not hard to figure out.

Karl is an u
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Bill
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I have previously read one book by Michael Moorcock, that being The Warlord of the Air, a book I enjoyed very much (as I recall). It will be a reread someday son. There was a lot to like about Behold the Man. The premise, a man, Karl travels back in time to try and meet Jesus. Karl is lost, has spent his life trying to find out something, who he is, what he believes, and it this dissatisfaction that leads him to take this journey.

The time travel machine breaks, leaving him trapped at the beginni
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Roddy Williams
Popular music went through its punk phase in the mid Nineteen Seventies. It was almost an extinction event for some of the pop and rock establishment of the time and heralded a brief new era of musical diversity and experimentation.
SF had experienced its own punk revolution in the late Sixties, The New Wave movement, at the forefront of which, along with Judith Merrill, JG Ballard, MJ Harrison and others, was Michael Moorcock. The New Wave was an attempt to invigorate the SF genre and produce a
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Dergrossest
Jan 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
More shag-a-delic Sci Fi from the 60’s which probably reads better by lava lamp light. The nebbish protagonist is a MOT with a Jesus fixation and a kinky older lover who mercilessly belittles him for same. He travels back in time to prove that Jesus existed and then inexplicably goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that related biblical events happen as they should. Other than the fact that he might not want his lover to have the last laugh, which seems like a pretty lame reason, ...more
Bryan
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love subversive art, although this is probably a lot less shocking and subversive now - inundated as we are by graphic and potentially offensive content available at the merest keystroke - than it was when it was first published. Indeed, judging by online reviews, it seems that one of the more common reactions to this SF classic isn't shock at the blasphemy of the story, but instead a sort of blase boredom and cynical dismissiveness. Damn, the kids these days are hard to impress!

The book tackl
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Ronald
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this novella years ago, in a used paperback copy of a Year's Best Science Fiction anthology. A coworker/friend recently read this novella.

The protagonist, Karl Glogauer, is from our current time. Presented with the opportunity to go back in time, he decides to go to the time of Jesus. In this story, Jesus and Mary are drastically unlike what is presented in Bible. Karl Glogauer takes up the role of Jesus in the Gospels.

I've read the negative reviews of the book. Yes, Christians, and come
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R.
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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Rust
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Capolavoro mancato? I passaggi migliori del romanzo sono quelli che assumono carattere allucinatorio, flussionale, dove l’esperienza del protagonista nel passato, così aliena per poter essere accettata completamente in modo razionale, si mischia e sovrappone con i suoi ricordi. Ma i difetti del libro emergono in modo più prepotente: la trama è già scritta, facilmente intuibile, e scorre senza il minimo colpo di scena. I personaggi del tempo di Gesù sono scarsamente caratterizzati, e si comportan ...more
Susan
Nov 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I almost rated this 1 star, but I decided it did have a few redeeming qualities and settled on 2. Even so, I'm in the minority. It's a highly-acclaimed science fiction classic, supposedly, an insightful look at the meaning of faith and religion. I simply didn't find it so. Perhaps I might have been more impressed if I'd read it when it was published, in 1969.

Karl Glogauer, the protagonist, travels in a time machine to the time of Christ, and finds nothing the way he expected to be. The story re
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Becky
I rather enjoyed this take on what it takes to create a messiah figure. Karl Glogauer suffers a crisis of faith and looks for answers to his questions by volunteering for a time travel project. All he asks is that he be allowed to visit Biblical era Palestine. What he finds when he arrives in 29AD comes as a shock to him and he is forced to take matters into his own hands to maintain his own understanding of the Christ story.
The writing here is somewhat disjointed and focuses on Glogauer's own
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Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels.
Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St. Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956,
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