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SPIDER

McGrath, Patrick.

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ISBN 10: 0671665103 / ISBN 13: 9780671665104
Published by Poseidon Press., NY:, 1990
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by McGrath. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 21778

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Title: SPIDER

Publisher: Poseidon Press., NY:

Publication Date: 1990

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition

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Spider is gaunt, threadbare, unnerved by everything from his landlady to the smell of gas. He tells us his story in a storm of beautiful language that slowly reveals itself as a fiendishly layered construction of truth and illusion. With echoes of Beckett, Poe, and Paul Bowles, Spider is a tale of horror and madness, storytelling and skepticism, a novel whose dizzying style lays bare the deepest layers of subconscious terror.

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I cut into my potato, and dead in the middle of the halved potato there was a . . . thick, slow discharge I recognized as blood.

A wry, mesmerizing tale of madness in a London suffused with the smells of jellied eels, leaking gas, outdoor lavatories and furry feet. Spider obsesses about wetness and fire and sexuality, about "this business of the thought patterns" and "the dead eyes" of his father and a woman named Hilda. Somewhere inside Spider's internal web of illusions lurks the truth about his mother's death.

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