A raw and blazing novel by the single, most brain-searingly dangerous man of letters. Read him at your peril. (Anthony Bourdain) An aging New Yorker, a writer named Nick, feels life ebbing out of him. Then one night he meets a tantalizing young woman. Their encounter is the most strangely extraordinary of his life. Suddenly Nick's senses are alive. He feels strong, unconquerable, beyond all inhibition and earthly morality. He indulges in life's pleasures, pure and perverse, sublime and dangerous. But Nick's desire to sustain his rapture leads him to a madness and a darkness far greater than he could have imagined. Writing in a lineage that includes Dante, William S. Burroughs, Charles Bukowski, Hubert Selby, Jr., and Hunter S. Thompson, Nick Tosches may be America's last real literary outlaw. Me and the Devil is outrageous, disturbing, and brilliant, a novel truly unlike any other.
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In this novel of sadomasochistic vampirism, an aging writer drinks blood to restore youth, vitality, and the urge to write. Nick is a misanthrope who sees people as "a source of tedium and acid reflux." With young women, he enjoys rough sex, the kind that draws blood (his pickups like to be raped, bitten, and whipped). But there are no black capes or bats; instead, drinking blood is the transgressive act of an intellectual, an incarnadine feast over dull conversations about, among other things, the efficiency of the Greek language or the precision of Latin when it comes to oral sex. Nick also converses with the devil, about haberdashery and The Music Man. Occasionally, Tosches (In the Hand of Dante) uses the narrator as a mouthpiece to decry the "monopoly of bookstores" (a subject he's covered before), "island-nigger nannies... pushing white yuppie brats in three-grand prams and strollers," and other topics. The book is composed of turgid prose, pornographic sex, misogyny, and slurs, images, and scenes impartial in their offensiveness, such as a woman falling in love with her rapist. A novel for the most devoted fans of "transgressive" fiction and the most outre vampire erotica. (Dec. 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Little, Brown and Company
December 03, 2012
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