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Erotomania: A Romance

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
"[A] hilariously satirical debut novel. Miller, Lawrence, and Genet stop by like proud ancestors... But it's a more recent generation of mischievous deviant writers (Nicholson Baker, Mary Gaitskill) that truly looms large — Erotomania's closest predecessor might be Baker's The Fermata. [An] ambitious book... [A] biting satire." —Zach Baron, Village Voice

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Two Dollar Radio
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Dianna
Oct 01, 2008 Dianna rated it it was ok
I was intrigued by the idea of a humorous absurdist erotica novel (what it seems to be from the reviews). I wouldn't say that I was disappointed or that it's a 'bad' book - it's just not written for me.

It's clear from the beginning (and really from life itself) that men and women think about sex differently. In this novel, though, you don't have a regular man - you've got a sex addict. His way of thinking is so radically male and so radically different from mine that I just couldn't get into th
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Sarah
Jan 07, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
I was excited because this seemed like a great comp for my book which is hard to find comparables for. The author mixes art, literature, and cinema references with raunchy language and tons of insight into a certain type of male mind...at least the stereotypical sex obsessed twenty year old kind, though other details make the main character seem much older...
There is so far a lot of detail that is dropped in which is not explained about the character, one example would be the strange references
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Andrew S  Taylor
Jun 13, 2012 Andrew S Taylor rated it it was amazing
This novel is in many ways a dark comedy based upon the themes of Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents. The story is a first-person narrative told by James, a theatrical set designer who becomes obsessed with a woman (who is likewise obsessed with him) after he has an anonymous sexual encounter with her. He knows her first through her body, long before he learns her name or identity, or even has a clear image of her face. But know her personally he eventually does, and the arc of the novel t ...more
Hosho
Mar 10, 2015 Hosho rated it it was amazing
Madness. Stark, raving madness...pure and simple.

The shades of Miller are evident, and consider this fair warning as to the sheer sexual depravity of the book...though that's not what it has most in common with Tropic of Cancer. What is shares is this: "This is not a book. This is libel, slander, defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Be
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David
Nov 24, 2010 David rated it really liked it
Erotomania is an engaging portrait of a sex addicted couple, their therapy with an ex-military couples counselor, and their recovery. James has Turrets Syndrom and priapism; Monica is a nymphomaniac. Can they find love and build a life together? Will they have anything in common should they recover from their sex addiction? This short novel combines high and low brow culture in a way that I find appealing but some other readers might find pretentious and crude. That a sixty-something year old ma ...more
Heather
Feb 27, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Graphic! I was shocked! But in another way it made me laugh at how realistic it all sounded. This book embarrassed me at times but was very cleverly executed as I still enjoyed reading it. Although I felt quite uncomfortable when my mum asked me what I was reading and could she read it after, its the equivalent to porn, in story-form, but in a non-taboo way. Realism at its best!
Gabriella
Dec 14, 2008 Gabriella rated it liked it
Okay, I picked this book up in a small San Francisco bookstore, more so for the cover (I love monkeys, and here they are having sex!). I did not read anything about it, so didn't know what to expect. It is a novel about a couple with sex addiction, it was somewhat raunchy, but overall I liked it, especially the ending.
Catie Disabato
Aug 05, 2013 Catie Disabato rated it it was ok
If I was reviewing the first fifty pages of this book, I would've given it a better star ranking, but the exciting and almost frantic energy dissipates by the middle of the book. This is, I'm sure, by authorial design, but unfortunately, nothing comes in to take the energy's place, so the narrative drive is overall problematic in this book.
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Francis Levy (born March 28, 1948) is the author of the comic novels Erotomania: A Romance, published by Two Dollar Radio in 2008 and subsequently translated in a Spanish edition by Tusquets Editores in 2009, and Seven Days in Rio, published by Two Dollar Radio in 2011. Levy is also the co-founder of the Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination. He has been profiled in The ...more
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