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Dearest Pet / On Bestiality: Midas Dekkers / Translated by Paul Vincent

Dearest Pet / On Bestiality

Midas Dekkers / Translated by Paul Vincent

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ISBN 10: 0860914623 / ISBN 13: 9780860914624
Published by Verso, London * New York, 1994
Used Condition: As New Hardcover
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First published 1992 as "Lief Dier: Over Bestialiteit," book deals with the historic and social attitudes toward interspecies love. Author is a trained biologist and radio broadcaster who in 1985 won the Dutch "Zilveren Griffel" award for his children's book "Kijken met je handen." Profusely illustrated with pieces of classical art on the theme at hand, all reproduced in B&W, some seldom seen, many of which are likely to prove either amusing or disturbing, depending on the viewer. 208 pp. including index. Reduced from $32. Bookseller Inventory # 002484

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Title: Dearest Pet / On Bestiality

Publisher: Verso, London * New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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‘People love animals—a stroke here, a pat there, a quick nuzzle in that gorgeous fur ... the amount of cuddling they get can make you jealous. In Holland, dogs are caressed more than people. Not as thoroughly, though: that one spot, somewhere down below, generally remains untouched ... ’ Generally, but certainly not always. Kinsey’s research showed that 8 per cent of men and 3.5 per cent of women had had sex with an animal, and that in rural areas the figure for men was closer to 50 per cent. Yet bestiality is almost universally condemned. While our love for animals is extolled as noble and ‘natural’, all erotic elements in the relationship between humans and other species are vilified and proscribed, thus consigning them to the realm of exotic pornography or crude innuendo.

Even so, something remains of physical love for animals. In different forms, sublimated or occasionally celebrated, its traces can be found throughout art and popular culture: in Leda and the Swan, Beauty and the Beast or the Lorelei; in a lubricious menagerie of satyrs and centaurs, wolfmen and vampires, all the way through to King Kong and Fritz the Cat, pony clubs and amorous dolphins, or even advertisements for luxury catfoods.

Dearest Pet uncovers and explores those traces, illuminating the ambivalence of human attitudes to cross-species sexuality. Its author, the biologist and broadcaster Midas Dekkers, has analysed bestiality in all its aspects—physical, psychological and legal—and examined its representations in religion and mythology, art and literature, pornography and advertising. Beautifully—and sometimes bizarrely—illustrated, his book is neither drily academic nor pruriently trivial, but erudite, witty and challenging: the first history of the last taboo. A book for animal lovers, and for those who are just their good friends.

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Midas Dekkers was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, in 1946. Trained as a biologist, he broadcasts regularly on the animal world.

Paul Vincent is an award-winning translator of Dutch literature whose translation of Hendrik Marsman’s Herinnering aan Holland earned the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize.

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