Theatre of Incest
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Theatre of Incest

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In normal, everyday tones, a story is told by the perpetrator of triple incest: first with his mother as a child and a young man, then with his daughter as he grows into mature manhood, and finally with his sister in middle age. This primeval fairytale burns with an icy passion as the narrator switches roles along with familial relationships. The quasi-metaphysical lucidit...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Dalkey Archive Press
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Katie Farris
I remember reading once that Harry Houdini was "one of the last great mother-lovers," a line that recurrs over and over in my writing. This book deals with the same issue, with the inclusion of daughter-love and sister-love. Beautifully and erotically told, only with the occasional sprinkle of bad taste (for good measure), Arias-Misson explores facets of the psychology of a chronic practitioner of incest (if only there was a good word for this! Incestor?) with compassion and humor.

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Robert
Jun 23, 2008 Robert rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Michel Houellebecq fans, non-incest survivors
A pretty fearless book that I've never read anything quite like. Portraying incest in a symbolic, unapologetic, and boisterously lascivious fashion is sure to inspire hatred--but Arias-Mission has a point: Isn't all love a little incestuous? Aren't all lovers palimpsests?

It's a weird book to be sure, and not for everyone, but it digs into the roles we play in relationships in a way that's hard to forget.
Lisa Frenchik
What was I thinking? The book is dedicated to:

"My Mother my lover
My daughter my other
My sister my sweet witch."

While a complicated subject, I did not expect anything too serious. Whatever the case, I feel like I stuck my nose in an old man's armpit and saw nothing.
Marc
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