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Publisher Comments:

Following on from the stunning conclusion to his five-book cycle that was Period, Dennis Cooper reemerges with arguably his finest and most thought-provoking piece of writing. At the heart of the work is Larry, a teenager wrestling not only with his sexuality and the implications of a physical relationship with his younger brother but with the purpose and the reason to his existence. He is numb. Dead. Expression cannot contain reality. Yet ... As the book opens, Larry has been paid $500 by a senior high school student to kill a fellow pupil and retrieve the boy's notebook. It seems simple enough. However, once Larry ventures into the notebook, complications arise. Struck at once by both the beauty of articulation and the horror of its content, Larry longs for such an ability to communicate but feels powerless: is there a place for sincerity or concern, or indeed love? My Loose Thread may share the anarchic sensibility of Cooper's earlier works and touch upon such themes as alienation, obsession, inarticulacy, longing, and frustration, but this is a new Cooper and signals exactly where he is heading as a novelist. The writing is sparse, concise yet open, the consequence being that the reader falls into this world and is surrounded, submerged, and potentially overwhelmed by the text. My Loose Thread is a claustrophobic read and a harrowing piece of fiction that is all the more so for the gracefulness of the language.

Review:

"Dennis Cooper, God help him, is a born writer." William S. Burroughs

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"Elegant prose and literary lawlessness...high-risk literature." The New York Times

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"A disquieting genius." Vanity Fair

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"Cooper is a profoundly original American visionary, and the most important transgressive literary artist since Burroughs....An American master." Salon

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"Cooper's synaesthetic subliminal metaphors should be outlawed, so quickly and lethally do they sink into your subconscious." Bookforum

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"[Cooper] has come closer than anyone to reanimating the spirit of Burroughs....Haunting." The Village Voice Literary Supplement

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"Ever true to his transgressive muse, Cooper opens another shop of horrors....Enough glimpses of the familiar to make a skin-crawling read. In spiteof the taboos being flaunted, this is a remarkable portrait of a soul in hell." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Dennis Cooper, god help him, is a born writer" (William S. Burroughs). and this, his latest novel, has emerged as his finest, most thoughtprovoking and challenging piece of writing yet. At the heart of the work is Larry, a teenager who is struggling to understand not only his sexuality and physical feelings towards his younger brother but also the purpose and reason behind his own existence. Larry is offered $500 to kill a fellow pupil and retrieve the boy's notebook. It all seems straightforward enough. Captivated by both the beauty of its articulation and the horror of its content, he longs for such an ability to communicate himself. Written in sparse yet concentrated language that surrounds, submerges, and potentially overwhelms the reader, My Loose Thread is a claustrophobic, harrowing, and intensely moving piece of fiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781841952741
Author:
Cooper, Dennis
Publisher:
Canongate Pub.
Location:
Edinburgh
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Depression in adolescence
Series Volume:
no. 8855
Publication Date:
May 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.63x5.56x.65 in. .55 lbs.

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My Loose Thread
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Product details 128 pages Canongate Pub. - English 9781841952741 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Dennis Cooper, God help him, is a born writer."
"Review" by , "Elegant prose and literary lawlessness...high-risk literature."
"Review" by , "A disquieting genius."
"Review" by , "Cooper is a profoundly original American visionary, and the most important transgressive literary artist since Burroughs....An American master."
"Review" by , "Cooper's synaesthetic subliminal metaphors should be outlawed, so quickly and lethally do they sink into your subconscious."
"Review" by , "[Cooper] has come closer than anyone to reanimating the spirit of Burroughs....Haunting."
"Review" by , "Ever true to his transgressive muse, Cooper opens another shop of horrors....Enough glimpses of the familiar to make a skin-crawling read. In spiteof the taboos being flaunted, this is a remarkable portrait of a soul in hell."
"Synopsis" by , Dennis Cooper, god help him, is a born writer" (William S. Burroughs). and this, his latest novel, has emerged as his finest, most thoughtprovoking and challenging piece of writing yet. At the heart of the work is Larry, a teenager who is struggling to understand not only his sexuality and physical feelings towards his younger brother but also the purpose and reason behind his own existence. Larry is offered $500 to kill a fellow pupil and retrieve the boy's notebook. It all seems straightforward enough. Captivated by both the beauty of its articulation and the horror of its content, he longs for such an ability to communicate himself. Written in sparse yet concentrated language that surrounds, submerges, and potentially overwhelms the reader, My Loose Thread is a claustrophobic, harrowing, and intensely moving piece of fiction.
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