John Hawkes The Passion Artist

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The Passion Artist

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Set in an imaginary European city, The Passion Artist takes us into the dream-like interior world of Konrad Vost, a middle-aged widower grieving for his dead wife, devoted to his schoolgirl daughter, and obsessed with the memory of his mother, who is an inmate in the city's prison. When Vost discovers that his daughter has become a prostitute, and that the women prisoners are in revolt, he embarks ona fantastic series of violent and erotic encounters, exploring the shifting balance of power between the sexes, and the limits of human perversity.

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John Hawkes writes with dizzying brilliance. -- Charles Nicol

His sentences are themselves 'events.' -- William Gaddis, author of The Recognitions

John Hawkes writes with dizzying brilliance.--Charles Nicol

His sentences are themselves events. --William Gaddis, author of The Recognitions

What an ambitious undertaking! The Passion Artist is a symbolic journey of the familiar territory men and women dispute between them, a rich philosophical observation of the differences in our sexes and the overwhelming need for compassion and love. It is a lush, poetic, dark work, but it is also comic and true and everywhere it is touched with the erotic power of John Hawkes s language. He and Kurt Vonnegut are simply the most original first-rate writers in this country. --John Irving, author of The World According to Garp

John Hawkes writes with dizzying brilliance. --Charles Nicol

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John Hawkes writes with dizzying brilliance. --Charles Nicol

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