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FRAENKEL, Michael

Death Is Not Enough

London: Carrefour, N.d. [1962]

8vo, pp. 171. Original oversized stiff paper wrappers. Slight sunning to leading edge of front panel, inevitable light bumping to outsize wrappers, but a near fine, unopened copy.

Second edition, published by the author's widow, Daphne. First published by C. W. Daniel in 1939.

'The burden of these papers is Death: not the death of the body, but the universal spiritual Death, the "white heart-rot of death" -- the death that must be accepted and not evaded if there is to be resurrection.' (Introduction).

Michael Fraenkel was a Paris expatriate, one of the satellites who danced attendance on Henry Miller through the 1930s. He was Miller's correspondent in Hamlet [Carrefour, 1939], a series of written exchanges discussing Fraenkel's lifelong theme, the spiritual death suffered by his generation as a result of the carnage wrought upon it by the Great War. Fraenkel had money, which made him almost unique among Miller's friends. Miller and Alfred Perlès would invite themselves round to Fraenkel's flat, and let him proclaim to his heart's content while eating him out of house and home.

Ruminations on death and futility. The ideal birthday gift.



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