Malcolm Lowry

Malcolm Lowry was a British novelist and poet best known for his 1947 novel 'Under the Volcano', which is widely hailed as a masterpiece of 20th-century literature. Lowry's work is known for its complex narrative structure and deep symbolic themes, often drawing on his own experiences with alcoholism and existential despair. Despite his limited output, Lowry's influence on modern literature remains significant.


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  1. 1. Under the Volcano

    Set in Mexico on the Day of the Dead in 1938, the novel follows the last day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul with a severe alcohol addiction. Through his interactions with his estranged wife and half-brother, the book explores themes of despair, betrayal, and the destructive power of addiction, against the backdrop of political and social unrest. The impending eruption of the nearby volcano serves as a metaphor for Firmin's deteriorating mental state and the looming world war.