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A bisexual filmmaker with an insatiable desire to live life to its fullest fails to tell Laura, the seventeen-year-old actress with whom he is having unprotected sex, that he is HIV-positive
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
Timed to coincide with the U.S. release of the award-winning French film of the same name, this autobiographical novel is certain to generate outrage among many. Reminiscent of Genet, its hero, Jean, is a 30-year-old bisexual filmmaker who can't remember his parents ever kissing each other or touching him. "After that deprivation, that denial of physical yearnings, I furiously exposed my own rebellious body: I put my flesh on the line, a preamble to any other contact." His savage nights of impersonal sadomasochistic sex result in a positive HIV test, but even this fails to slow him down--at least outwardly. His psychic pain, however, is reflected in his relationships with Sammy, a 19-year-old rugby enthusiast cum deliquent, and Laura, who provides "the outline of love" he is unable to embrace but with whom he indulges in unprotected sex. The genius of the work is that in spite of the sex, the violence, and the drugs, Jean's ultimate vulnerability comes through. Unfortunately, we will never hear this voice again. The author died of AIDS in March 1993. Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
- David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Book Description Overlook Books, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0879515341