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Travesty
By (author): John Hawkes
9780811222167 Paperback, Trade English FICTION / Literary Apr 29, 2016
$22.50 CAD
Active 5.3 x 8 x 0.4 in 128 pages New Directions Publishing New Directions
Travesty is John Hawkes's most extreme vision of eroticism and comic terror. In the south of France, an elegant sports car is speeding through the night, bearing a man, his daughter, and his best friend toward a fatal crash. As he drives, the privileged man" justifies, in a sustained monologue, his firm opinion that willed destruction is the ultimate act of the poetic imagination. "What I have in mind is an 'accident' so perfectly contrived that it will be unique, spectacular and instantaneous, a physical counterpart to that vision in which it was in fact conceived." Concerned with sex, myth, the imagination, and the absurd, Travesty is one of the most cruelly and vibrantly ironic works to be found in twentieth-century literature. "

John Hawkes (1925-1998) was a postmodern novelist born in Stamford, Connecticut, and educated at Harvard University. He was noted for his unconventional style and views on the creation of literature and was admired by Flannery O'Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Saul Bellow, Anthony Burgess, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Donald Barthelme.

John Hawkes is an extraordinary writer. I have always admired his books. They should be more widely read.There is no doubt that he is one of the very best living American writers, and Travesty one of his most remarkable fictions. A singularly gifted writer.One of the steadily brightest (and paradoxically darkest) lights of American letters through our century's second half, a navigation star for scores of apprentice writers however different their own literary course. One of our most original literary imaginations and masterly prose stylists.

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