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“Anyway, there’s only one way out this time. To denude myself. Not to undertake but to write, in this state of exaltation which rejuvenates me, to recount my earliest unfulfilled promises, my anguishes, to myself who will disappear. Because this time, I know the next infection will take me." A science-fiction memoir by the French thinker Guy Hocquenghem, written in the las ...more
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Published February 12th 2019 by Guillotine (first published April 10th 1994)
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What a blessing for a new Hocquenghem translation to appear in 2018! It's been 10 years since the last one, The Screwball Asses.* Guy wrote this short novel (...memoir?) on his deathbed. The fact that it's set in 2018 is interesting, but has little bearing on the narrative, which has next to nothing of science fiction about it. It has the feel of a tragedy. It's very short, and the narrator is always moving on, possibly because Guy's strength is failing him even as he writes. From what I know ab ...more
Miguel Gosselin Dionne
Passionnant mais un peu court. Serait un parfait ajout au sein d'une anthologie sur les 70s gaies. ...more
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Guy Hocquenghem, essayist and activist, is often considered the father of Queer theory. He was the author of Homosexual Desire (1972) and L'Amour en relief (1982). The Screwball Asses is his first work available from Semiotext(e). ...more

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