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Half man, half woman, half Mexican, half Texan, Arcadio?s tale is extraordinary. Mixing rural Texas vernacular with Spanish and street slang, it tells the story of deserted child sold to a brothel, who becomes a sideshow freak in a travelling circus, a youth relentlessly searching for his family. Goyen?s last book, it is a moving finale to his life and work.
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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 15mm
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1852421452
  • 9781852421458

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?This is a work of profound sympathy for the lost, the displaced, the crazy, the loveless, all the turned away, whose light we tend to put out by our fear of them... The work of a master fabulist, it is one more courageous foray into fiction unlike anyone else?s, haunting the reader with its tenderness and ferocity? New York Times Review ?A novel of astonishing originality and literary magic, blending reality and myth, humor and pathos, substance and dreams. It will be read long after some of the puffed-up books of today have faded. It is a book one dares call ?perfect,? sculpted with breathtaking care, like a jewel... Arcadio is unforgettable? John Rechy ?Arcadio virtually pulses with life; it is both audacious and wise; a timeless fable that manages to be boldly contemporary as well? Joyce Carol Oates
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About William Goyen

William Goyen was born in Trinity, Texas, in 1915 and died in 1983. His novels include In a Farther Country, Arcadio, and Come, the Restorer. Goyen was a master of the short story and a selection, Had I a Hundred Mouths, is also published by Serpent's Tail.
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