Under the Volcano
A modernist novel written by English author Malcolm Lowry and published in 1947.
Taking place on the Day of the Dead, 1938, in Mexico, it is the story of alcoholic British ex-consul Geoffrey Firmin; his estranged wife, Yvonne, and his younger brother, Hugh.
An earlier version from 1940 exists, but was roundly rejected by publishers, prompting a rewrite.
- The Alcoholic
- Contemplate Our Navels: But quite poetically.
- Downer Ending: Including The Hero Dies.
- Drowning My Sorrows
- Extremely Short Timespan: Apart from the first chapter, all of the book takes place in less than one day.
- Faust: Has parallels with that story.
- Former Child Star: Yvonne's short-lived teenage acting career.
- The Masochism Tango
- Sibling Rivalry: Of a sort; for one thing, Geoffrey and Hugh are both romantically interested in Yvonne.
- What Do You Mean Its Not Symbolic: The book is rife with Kabbalistic and other occult references.