Behold the Man (Karl Glogauer, #1)
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Behold the Man

by Michael Moorcock
Release date: 1969
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction
Tags: time travel

Expanded from the novella of the same name.

Tähtivaeltaja Award nominee 2010.

Karl Glogauer is a disaffected modern professional casting about for meaning in a series of half-hearted relationships, a dead-end job, and a personal struggle. His questions of faith surrounding his father's run-of-the-mill Christianity and his mother's suppressed Judaism lead him to a bizarre obsession with the idea of the messiah.

After the collapse of his latest affair and his introduction to a reclusive physics professor, Karl is given the opportunity to confront his obsession and take a journey that no man has taken before, and from which he knows he cannot return.

Upon arriving in Palestine, A.D. 29, Glogauer finds that Jesus Christ is not the man that history and faith would like to believe, but that there is an opportunity for someone to change the course of history by making the ultimate sacrifice.

First published in 1969, Behold the Man broke through science fiction's genre boundaries to create a poignant reflection on faith, disillusion and self-sacrifice. This is the classic novel that established the career of perhaps contemporary science fiction’s most cerebral and innovative author.

"Glogauer is as eloquent an ambivalent figure as SF has coined, swimming through self-doubt and illusion to the core of religious belief. This is the most accessible of Moorcock's best work." – Gregory Benford

(updated 2017-01-16)

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