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Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780879238582
Author(s): Denis Belloc
Format: Hardcover
Year: 1991
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Dimensions: 150 x 218 x 20 (w x l x h)
Pages: 103

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French writer Belloc's first novel - a slender evocation of a young homosexual hustler's life in 1960's Paris - is minimalism to a fault: the stark tone here tends to keep the promiscuous episodes of sex and sexual violence from becoming too graphic. Narrator 'Denis' ('I live in enormous loneliness') is a neglected and abused child. His father, a drunk, was killed in 1951 in a sideshow boxing match, and Denis's mother - after sending him for a time to an old woman in the country - marries a brick-mason and keeps Denis, though there isn't much affection ('Christmas, but without any toys, just one Christmas tangerine'). Meanwhile, Denis cares for two things: his painting and his brother Main. The stepfather ('the Spaniard') abuses Denis, whose mother, siding with her husband, decides 'he's turning into a real devil.' Denis then begins to find solace in public restrooms, and, soon enough, he's living a life of prostitution and petty crime. There are trips to Holland, car-stealing episodes, portraits of lovers and fellow underworld lurkers, including ex-cons, transvestites, and a variety of johns. Finally, there's a stint in prison. By age 20, Denis has turned into a hardened ex-con, a self-described 'piece of trash.' His mother, who works in an old folks' home, has begun to paint, and, by the close, Denis ('comatose' after a gang-rape) may also return to painting - but there's little to salvage the bleak lives here, certainly no salvation, save a sardo
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