Well, I’ll take these pages and move on. Things are happening elsewhere.

Things are always happening. It seems wherever I go there is drama. People are like lice – they get under your skin and bury themselves there.

You scratch and scratch until the blood comes, but you can’t get permanently deloused.

Everywhere I go people are making a mess of their lives. Everyone has his private tragedy. It’s in the blood now – misfortune, ennui, grief, suicide. The atmosphere is saturated with disaster, frustration, futility. Scratch and scratch, until there’s no skin left.

However, the effect upon me is exhilarating. Instead of being discouraged or depressed, I enjoy it.

I am crying for more and more disasters, for bigger calamities, grander failures. I want the whole world to be out of whack, I want every one to scratch himself to death.

Tropic of Cancer

Tropic of Cancer is a novel by Henry Miller that has been described as „notorious for its candid seхuаlity“ and as responsible for the „free speech that we now take for granted in literature“.

It was first published in 1934 by the Obelisk Press in Paris, France, but this edition was banned in the United States.

Its publication in 1961 in the U.S. by Grove Press led to obscenity trials that tested American laws on рornоgraрhy in the early 1960s. In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the book non-obscene.

It is regarded as an important work of 20th-century literature.