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    The Passion of New Eve (Virago Modern Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Angela Carter

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    DescriptionI know nothing. I am a tabula rasa, a blank sheet of paper, an unhatched egg. I have not yet become a woman, although I possess a woman's shape. Not a woman, no: both more and less than a real woman. Now I am a being as mythic and monstrous as Mother herself ...' New York has become the City of Dreadful Night where dissolute Leilah performs a dance of chaos for Evelyn. But this young Englishman's fate lies in the arid desert, where a many-breasted fertility goddess will wield her scalpel to transform him into the new Eve.

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    The Passion of New Eve
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Angela Carter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 134 g
    ISBN 13: 9780860683414
    ISBN 10: 0860683419

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PN
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    Abridged Dewey: 305
    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    LC classification: PR6053.A73
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Virago Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 August 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), journalist and writer;author of novels, poems and flim scripts has had her talents much lauded; 'Her Imagination was one of the most dazzling this century'- Marina Walker, Independent
    Review quote
    'If you can imagine Baudelaire, Blake and Kafka getting together to describe America, you are well on the way to Carter's visionary and lurid world' THE TIMES 'Her writing is pyrotechnic' OBSERVER
    Review text
    If we must have futuristic fantasies of feminism's nth degrees, let them come from the darting, lyrical pen of Angela Carter, mistress of the erotic picaresque. And let the hero be as engaging as Evelyn, the carefree Englishman who comes to a New York of rats and tanks and the Harlem Wall and makes a chauvinistic pig of himself with Leilah - the black stripper he impregnates and deserts. "Let the punishment fit the crime," and Evelyn's punishment - after he's abducted by the followers of Mama ("The Grand Emasculator") while driving crosscountry - is to be surgically renamed Eve: "They had turned me into the Playboy centre fold." Being in "the most ludicrous mess in the world," Eve escapes, only to be captured by one-legged, one-eyed, pig-worshipping, paranoid poet Zeno, who rapes her and installs her as his eighth wife. Zeno's great mission is to annihilate the person he believes is responsible for his sterility, faded filmstar Tristessa St. Ange (who happens to have been Evelyn's all-time fantasy sex-object), and, when Zeno's tribe Mansonesquely attacks Tristessa's palace, more sex reversals are revealed, allowing Tristessa and Eve to emerge from the carnage as husband and wife. Tragedy awaits back on the road, however, via the Children's Crusade, and Evelyn/Eve finishes his/her American odyssey adrift and alone and pregnant and knowing that "the vengeance of the sex is love." Carter's surreal parable transcends polemics and skirts silliness - thanks to its urgent, no-nonsense wordings and those tides of authentic feeling pushing up against the lurid tableaux. Yes, if we must have sex-confusion mythmaking and can't have another Orlando, let's by all means have The Passion of New Eve. (Kirkus Reviews)