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Singular Pleasures by Harry Mathews
Book DescriptionThe subject of this unique book of short fiction is masturbation, a practice both universal and virtually taboo. In sixty-one vignettes, Mathews records the imaginative varieties of this solitary activity in prose that is playful, intimate, urgent, quirky, and humane.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781564782335
(216mm x 142mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Dalkey Archive Press
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Harry Mathews
Silences, or a Woman's Life, Paperback (January 2013)
When a woman falls into a coma, her daughter accompanies her through six weeks of agony, bearing witness to the prolonged death imposed upon her by the monstrous machine of modern medicine. During this final voyage through the fog, the narrator attempts to reconstruct the portrait of a woman who she deeply loved.
Laurels of Lake Constance, Paperback (August 2012)
Originally published in French as Les lauriers du Lac de Constance by editions du Seuil in 1974.
Blue of Noon, Paperback (June 2012)View all books by Harry Mathews
Set against the backdrop of Europe's slide into Fascism, this title provides an account of depravity and violence. Exploring the dark forces beneath the surface of civilization, it is torn between identifying with history's victims and being seduced by the monstrous glamour of its terrible victors.
US Kirkus Review » The singular pleasures of Mathews's (Cigarettes, 1987, etc.) title are in fact only one pleasure, and that one is the - well, the pleasure of masturbation. Here are sixty-odd (publisher's count) tiny pieces, one or two almost a page long, most only a paragraph or just a few lines, describing various people - well, doing it. Those various people are very various, from kids to old fogies, of all sexes, nations, places, needs, and callings, some alone, some with like-minded company. Some of the vignettes are silly, some exotic, some satiric, some erotic, most poetic, some neutral, and some - a few - touchingly lovely. The point seems to be - well, let that be determined by those who choose to ponder it. The illustrations by Francesco Clemente aren't lubricous at all, but (usually) slight, charming, and as ephemeral as a - well, as, say, a falling leaf. (Kirkus Reviews)
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