The Passion of New Eve

The Passion of New Eve

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I 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 14mm | 158.76g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0860683419
  • 9780860683414
  • 74,848

About Angela Carter

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, Independentshow more

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'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' OBSERVERshow more

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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)show more
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