Patrick McGrath Spider: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9780671665104

Spider: A Novel

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9780671665104: Spider: A Novel

Spider is gaunt, threadbare, unnerved by everything from his landlady to the smell of gas. He tells us his story in a storm of beautiful language that slowly reveals itself as a fiendishly layered construction of truth and illusion. With echoes of Beckett, Poe, and Paul Bowles, Spider is a tale of horror and madness, storytelling and skepticism, a novel whose dizzying style lays bare the deepest layers of subconscious terror.

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I cut into my potato, and dead in the middle of the halved potato there was a . . . thick, slow discharge I recognized as blood.

A wry, mesmerizing tale of madness in a London suffused with the smells of jellied eels, leaking gas, outdoor lavatories and furry feet. Spider obsesses about wetness and fire and sexuality, about "this business of the thought patterns" and "the dead eyes" of his father and a woman named Hilda. Somewhere inside Spider's internal web of illusions lurks the truth about his mother's death.

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Spider is gaunt, threadbare, unnerved by everything from his landlady to the smell of gas. He tells us his story in a storm of beautiful language that slowly reveals itself as a fiendishly layered construction of truth and illusion.

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McGrath, Patrick
Verlag: Poseidon Pr, US (1990)
ISBN 10: 0671665103 ISBN 13: 9780671665104
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Buchbeschreibung Poseidon Pr, US, 1990. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. 0671665103 Very good in Very good creased front flap dust jacket. First Edition.* Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Artikel-Nr. WARE41R2500

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