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A Cannibal and Melancholy Mourning, A

Catherine Mavrikakis

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ISBN 10: 1552451402 / ISBN 13: 9781552451403
Published by Coach House Press, 2004
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Title: A Cannibal and Melancholy Mourning, A

Publisher: Coach House Press

Publication Date: 2004

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Hervé, the friend with AIDS; his lover, Hervé, also afflicted; Hervé the hairdresser; Hervé next door who has defenestrated himself: in A Cannibal and Melancholy Mourning the narrator confronts the deaths of so many friends, all named Hervé. But the dead cannot be buried so easily; they live on, spectres haunting her, as the cumulative effect of all her Hervés becomes a multifaced Death that simultaneously angers, saddens, cheers and confuses her. In this unfolding series of encounters between the living and the dead, Mavrikakis draws on Deleuze, Freud, Foucault and novelist Hervé Guibert to make of herself and of this visceral, compelling novel a kind of living mausoleu where those unable to speak may still be heard.

About the Author:

Catherine Mavrikakis is a professor of literature at the Université de Montréal. This book, published in French in 2000 by Editions TROIS as Deuils Cannibales et Melancoliques, is her first novel. She has also published the novel Ça va aller and with Martine Delvaux, the epistolary fiction Ventriloquies. She is working on a third novel, called Flore-du-crachet.

Translator Nathalie Stephens is the author of Paper City (Coach House Books, 2003).

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