THREE KEY MOORCOCK BOOKS
New to Moorcock? Here are three books to begin with…
The fantasy one Elric of Melniboné and Other Stories
The best place to start is with Gollancz’s definitive editions of the saga of Elric, a character who’s one of the key manifestations of the idea of the Eternal Champion, a hero who exists across time and dimensions within the Multiverse. More prosaically, Elric is also an albino prince who wields a souldrinking sword.
The hipster one
The Cornelius Quartet
Secret agent, counterculture face and adventurer Jerry Cornelius is another recurring Moorcock character who appears to be an aspect of the Eternal Champion. This volume gathers up four novels, including The Condition Of Muzak, which won the 1977 Guardian Fiction Prize.
The literary one
Maxim Arturovitch Pyatnitski is an antisemite, a thug, a fascist and, most definitely, an unreliable narrator. As the central character in the Pyat Quartet, he also enables Moorcock to show us the horrors of the 20th century. Moorcock wrote
Mother London in part to take a break from Pyat.