Friday, June 26, 2015

Literature grounded in faith …

… The Millions : Ancient Arts: On Independent Catholic Literature and Edward Mullany’s ‘The Three Sunrises’. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The book begins with the novella Legion, which is prefaced by a scene from the story of the Gerasene demoniac. The novella’s unnamed central character appears by turns nondescript, mysterious, and malevolent. His strangeness causes him to lose his office job. He only appears human when interacting with, or thinking about, his mother. His visits to her home are the few moments when the narrative is not focused on urban loneliness.
The usage of “legion” suggests the possibility of multiple characters, or a certain supernatural sense. Mullany delivers the novella in prose-poetic vignettes that sometimes only last a paragraph. In the first scene, the character slices a vein on his forearm with a razor, drips the blood into a coffee mug, and drinks it. Elsewhere, limbs and skulls are hidden in his apartment. Not quite Baltimore Catechism fare.

Well, in the Gospel passage, Jesus asks the possessing demon his name, and he answers, "My name is Legion, for we are many."

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