Christoph Houswitschka

"This fabulous flotsam”

Číslo: 1/2015
Periodikum: Prague Journal of English Studies

Klíčová slova: Subterranean London; underground; nostalgia; Blitz; trauma; war generation; Michael Moorcock; Peter Ackroyd; Iain Sinclair

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Anotace: Michael Moorcock is often described as “one of the most prolific and varied writers

working in Britain” (Malcolm 146). His success as a writer and editor of science fiction
and fantasy literature is well established, but he is also the author of two novels about
London, Mother London (1988) and King of the City (2000). Hardly known,
Mother London by Michael Moorcock, offers itself to a variety of approaches that
have been widely discussed in the context of studies on English literature during the
Thatcher years, post-modernism, and psycho-geography. The novel resonates with the
author’s own childhood in war-time London without being autobiographical. It tells
the story of three Londoners who were traumatised during the Blitz. The following
article focuses on the mysteries of subterranean London that represents the hidden and
unconscious identities of its inhabitants in the post-war period.