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Swimmer in the Secret Sea: A Novel

Kotzwinkle, William

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ISBN 10: 0380003422 / ISBN 13: 9780380003426
Published by Avon Books, United Kingdom, 1975
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First Flare printing, 09/75. A paperback original. Very good unread copy with light spotting at edges and inside cover, minor cover soil, aging to back cover. 89 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 7534

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Title: Swimmer in the Secret Sea: A Novel

Publisher: Avon Books, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Soft Cover

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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This novella tells the simple story of Johnny and Diane Laski, a sculptor and his wife, and their attempt to bring a new life into the world, set against the backdrop of a cold Maine winter, deep in the country. In the language of a poet, William Kotzwinkle tells the story of the couple's quiet night drive to the hospital, their long labor, and their, ultimately, unsuccessful breech birth. Unafraid of his subject, Kotzwinkle destroys any sentimental illusions about the "beauty" of childbirth or the distance of birth from death; he reminds us of how closely the two are intertwined, of the frightening power of the life force, and of the unpredictability and uncanniness of death. And yet, his small book is not without hope: "It's just the two of us again," Johnny remarks to his wife as they are returning home from the hospital, and the reader senses that in them the potential for beginning is still alivethe beginning, which, as Plato wrote, "is like a god which as long as it dwells among men saves all things."

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