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The exquisite corpse : a novel

Author: Alfred Chester
Publisher: Boston : David R. Godine Publisher, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Lyric and tender one moment, cruel and dizzying the next, this cult classic neither celebrates perversity nor laments it; rather it projects it as part of man's never-ending search for a true self and for transcendent communion with others. In 49 brief, highly cinematic chapters, we meet a series of twisted but sincere searchers--Tomtom Jim and his naked, hungry family; Mary Poorpoor and her utterly "otherly" baby;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Experimental fiction
Fiction
Erotic fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chester, Alfred, 1928-1971.
Exquisite corpse.
Boston : David R. Godine Publisher, 2003
(OCoLC)607011288
Online version:
Chester, Alfred, 1928-1971.
Exquisite corpse.
Boston : David R. Godine Publisher, 2003
(OCoLC)607834739
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred Chester
ISBN: 1574231979 9781574231977
OCLC Number: 52846359
Notes: "A black sparrow book."
Originally published: Simon & Schuster, 1967.
Description: 263 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: by Alfred Chester ; afterword by Diana Athill.

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Lyric and tender one moment, cruel and dizzying the next, this cult classic neither celebrates perversity nor laments it; rather it projects it as part of man's never-ending search for a true self and for transcendent communion with others. In 49 brief, highly cinematic chapters, we meet a series of twisted but sincere searchers--Tomtom Jim and his naked, hungry family; Mary Poorpoor and her utterly "otherly" baby; angry John Doe and his sex slave, James Madison--each in flight from despair. As one surreal episode morphs into the next, these searchers change shape and their journeys change direction; names and identities come and go, storylines collide, and desires intertwine, all with the lightning-quick illogic of a dream. The result is a tragicomic tour de force, an upside-down roadmap to everyone's inner Sodom, a perversely moral (and morally perverse) masterpiece by a modern-day Marquis de Sade.--From publisher description.

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