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Joshua Cody, a brilliant young composer, was about to receive his PhD when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Facing a bone marrow transplant and full radiation, he charts his struggle: the fury, the tendency to self-destruction, and the ruthless grasping for life and sensation; the encounter with beautiful Ariel, who gives him cocaine and a blow job in a Manhattan restaurant following his first treatment; the detailed morphine fantasy complete with a bride called Valentina while, in reality, hospital staff are pinning him to his bed. Moving effortlessly between references to Don Giovanni and the Rolling Stones, Ezra Pound and Buffalo Bill, and studded with pages from his own diaries and hospital notebooks, is a mesmerizing, hallucinatory glimpse into a young man's battle against disease and a celebration of art, language, music, and life.

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"The memoir of the year . . . a book in which the sentences swing into you like small, gleaming axes."--

Synopsis:

“The memoir of the year . . . a book in which the sentences swing into you like small, gleaming axes.”—New York Times

About the Author

Joshua Cody received his bachelor's degree in music composition from Northwestern University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. He is a composer and filmmaker living in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393343922
Author:
Cody, Joshua
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 illustrations
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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