Close to the Knives

Close to the Knives : A Memoir of Disintegration

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In Close to the Knives, David Wojnarowicz gives us an important and timely document: a collection of creative essays ? a scathing, sexy, sublimely humourous and honest personal testimony. From the author's violent childhood in suburbia to eventual homelessness on the streets and piers of New York City, to recognition as one of the most provocative artists of his generation - Close to the Knives is his powerful and iconoclastic memoir.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1852422580
  • 9781852422585
  • 2,622,484

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David Wojnarowicz has caught the age-old voice of the road, the voice of the traveller, the outcast... pick up his book and listen * William S. Burroughs * Majestically cynical and relentlessly honest. David Wojnarowicz flays readers with his anger and intelligence. If you are nauseated by the smugness of Susan Sontag, sickened by the homophobia of Julie Burchill, and revolted by New Age-ism in all its loathsome varieties - this is the AIDS text for you -- Simon Watney ?What Kerouac was to a generation of alienated youth, what Genet was to the gay demimonde in postwar Europe, Wojnarowicz may well be to a new cadre of artists... This is a book sublime in poetry * fierce in outrage * ' Publishers Weekly
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About David Wojnarowicz

David Wojnarowicz is a visual and performance artist and writer. He has exhibited his visual art in galleries worldwide and has collaborated on many films and videos, including Silence=Death. He lives in New York City.
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