Titus Groan, the seventy-seventh Earl of Groan, has abdicated and exiled himself from the mad, dark rites of his ancestral home to wander in the world at large. There he is engulfed in an extraordinary sequence of events. Figures and landscapes – the enigmatic Muzzlehatch, the tender Juno, the ominous Under-River – loom up with all the vivdness of a dream or a nightmare.
In his last visionary satire, Peake chronicles atrocities and hilarities alike with the same deadly control that never wavers.
Mervyn Laurence Peake (1911–1968) was an English writer, artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books. The three works were part of what Peake conceived as a lengthy cycle, the completion of which was prevented by his death, and consequently should not be considered a trilogy. They are sometimes compared to the work of his older contemporary J. R. R. Tolkien, but his surreal fiction was influenced by his early love for Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson rather than Tolkien's studies of mythology and philology.
Peake also wrote poetry and literary nonsense in verse form, short stories for adults and children (Letters from a Lost Uncle), stage and radio ... (more)