STORM AND ECHO by Frederio Prokosch


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The Prokosch particularities, the nihilism, the feverishly sentient, sensuous, prismatic prose, in a new novel which comes closer to his earlier work. The setting is Africa, where the jungle with its stagnation and superstition, fetid torpor and malignance, mysticism and illusion, backgrounds the attempt, by four Europeans, to reach the impenetrable Mount Nagala. Particularly prominent among the four is Samboula, who is motivated by his search for the erratic, equivocal Leonard Speght, believed to have reached Nagala. The journey, which is attended by deterioration and death, where Nagala holds the promise of salvation, epitomizes for Samboula (and for Prokosch) the ""great and final escape"" from the failure of western man, the European malaise of hopelessness and ""moral deliquescence""....For his particular following, attracted by the imagism of his style, the non-existentialism of his philosophy.

Publisher: Doubleday