Stock Image

Physical Culture: A Novel

Johnson, Hillary

ISBN 10: 0671678183 / ISBN 13: 9780671678180
Published by Poseidon Pr, 1989
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
From SYLVESTER & ORPHANOS (HOLLYWOOD, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since December 11, 1999

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 50.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 6.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

0671678183 Author's acclaimed first book. Dj blurbs by Harrye Crews, Madison Smartt Bell, & Patrick McGrath. Bookseller Inventory # 005702

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Physical Culture: A Novel

Publisher: Poseidon Pr

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

About this title

Synopsis:

Originally published in 1989 by Poseidon Press in the US and Pandora Press in the UK, Physical Culture was translated into Dutch and Spanish, but failed to achieve a wide audience. “Hillary Johnson in the 1980s was a writer so far ahead of her time practically no one understood what she was doing,” Madison Smartt Bell wrote in the Huffington Post in 2011. “Physical Culture describes levels of self-mutilation that put it over the top at a time when ‘transgressive’ fiction was supposedly in vogue.” About Dymaxicon Cult Classics Dymaxicon Cult Classics are new editions of books beloved by a handful of hard-core fans—books that deserve more time to grow on readers than conventional publishing schedules tend to allow. We’re bringing these dead soldiers back into print, but our new editions are more than “reprints.” In many cases, we’re re-editing and sometimes restoring the author’s original vision (think director’s cut).

From Publishers Weekly:

Johnson's disturbing first novel relies on language with a depth and intensity more commonly found in poetry than fiction. Though only in his mid-40s, John, an accountant at a mattress factory, approaches the eve of his retirement. At a picnic thrown in his honor, he glimpses Liann, the young alcoholic daughter of the woman he rides to work with each morning. She invites herself to his small, bleak, suburban house, where both are surprised to find Stephan, a young man from Physical Culture, a health club and bar in the city, who shares a part of John's secret life: John is in fact a masochist, with so many scars, cuts and bruises covering his torso that very few people have ever seen him with shirt off. Much of the action revolves around his abuse and subsequent efforts to conceal it. As in poetry, plot in this short, often overwritten book takes second place to language and imagery. The prose is spare and haunting, but the author strains for effect on nearly every page, leaving the reader acutely aware of the strings being pulled.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

We specialize in Modern First Editions, Plays, Books on the Theatre and Cinema, Ethinc American Literature and Social Studies, Gay & Lesbian Literature and Social Studies, etc. We also published Limited-Signed Books, printed by letterpress and bound by hand, of notable American & international authors that include Paul Bowles, John Cheever, Nadine Gordimer, Graham Greene, Christopher Isherwood, James Merrill, V.S. Naipaul, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Roth, William Styron, John Updike, Gore Vidal, and Tennessee Williams.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

ALL BOOKS ARE FIRST EDITIONS AND IN FINE CONDITION UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. ALL DUST JACKETS, AND THEIR CONDITIONS, ARE INDICATED WHEN PRESENT. ANY BOOK RETURNED MUST BE WITHIN 10 DAYS OF RECEIPT. CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS WILL BE CHARGED APPLICABLE SALES TAX. DOMESTIC MEDIA MAIL POSTAGE & HANDLING FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS: $6 FOR THE FIRST BOOK ORDERED AND $2 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL BOOK. INSURANCE IS EXTRA. ORDERS SENT UNINSURED ARE SENT AT THE RECIPIENT'S RISK. ALL DOMESTIC SHIPPED BOOKS WILL BE SENT WI...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express