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Publisher Comments:

An exploration of the fine dividing line between desire, pornography and violence, this is a novel both about the macabre temptations of taboo and the power of fantasy and faith. Dennis Cooper has also written Closer and several volumes of poetry, including The Tenderness of the Wolves.

Review:

"Homoeroticism, brutality and psychosis are explored in this unnervingly lucid account of a man whose fascination with snuff photos and murder leads to a killing spree in Holland." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Dennis Cooper, a disturbing and transcendent artist, enters the mind of a killer and comes out with a genuine revelation." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Frisk is a significant work of fiction. Cooper...wants to lead us into the wormy heart of the murderous impulse." Michael Cunningham

Synopsis:

In Frisk, Dennis Cooper explores the ultimate meaning of the body, sex, and death. The novels narrator, a thirteen-year-old boy, is stunned when he encounters photos of a mutilated boy; his imagination leads him on a journey in which sexual urges start to fuse with grisly fantasies and desires he doesnt understand.

Synopsis:

When Dennis is thirteen, he sees a series of photographs of a boy apparently unimaginably mutilated. Dennis is not shocked, but stunned by their mystery and their power; their glimpse at the reality of death. Some years later, Dennis meets the boy who posed for the photographs. He did it for love.

Surrounded by images of violence, the celebrity of horror, news of disease, a wasteland of sex, Dennis flies to Europe, having discovered some clues about the photographs: “I see these criminals on the news whove killed someone methodically, and theyre free. They know something amazing. You can just tell.” What they know may lie in bodies themselves. Bodies are unavoidably real; whats in them must have something to say, even in a society that lives on images and fantasies. An isolated windmill in Holland provides the perfect setting for Dennis to find out more about bodies—of which there are many—and what is inside them.

In Frisk, as in the award-winning Closer, Dennis Cooper explores the limits of our knowledge and the dividing line between the body and the spirit. Frisk is a novel about the power of fantasy and faith, about the ecstasy and horror of being human. The bodys power extends to us all, but what power do we have over it, over its appetites and satisfactions? The answer to these questions is a work of imaginative courage and clarity: a murder mystery that implicates us all and a horror story in which the monster is love.

About the Author

Dennis Cooper was born on January 10, 1953. He grew up in the Southern California cities of Covina and Arcadia. He wrote stories and poems from early age but got serious about writing at 15 after reading Arthur Rimbaud and The Marquis de Sade. He attended Pasadena City College for two years, attending poetry writing workshops taught by the poets Ronald Koertge and Jerene Hewitt. He then attended one year of university at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he studied with the poet Bert Meyers. In 1976, he founded Little Caesar Magazine and Press, which he ran until 1982. From 1980 to 1983 he was Director of Programming for the Beyond Baroque Literary/Art Center in Venice, California. From 1983 to 1985, he lived in New York City. In 1985, he moved to Amsterdam, Holland where he lived for two and a half years before returning to New York. While in Amsterdam, he began his ten year long project, The George Miles Cycle, an interconnected sequence of five novels that includes Closer, Frisk, Try, Guide, and Period. In 1990, he moved back to Los Angeles where he has lived ever since.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802132895
Author:
Cooper, Dennis
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Erotic stories
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Evergreen ed.
Edition Description:
1271341
Series:
Cooper, Dennis
Series Volume:
540
Publication Date:
19931131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 6 oz

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Product details 144 pages Grove Press - English 9780802132895 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Homoeroticism, brutality and psychosis are explored in this unnervingly lucid account of a man whose fascination with snuff photos and murder leads to a killing spree in Holland." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Dennis Cooper, a disturbing and transcendent artist, enters the mind of a killer and comes out with a genuine revelation."
"Review" by , "Frisk is a significant work of fiction. Cooper...wants to lead us into the wormy heart of the murderous impulse."
"Synopsis" by ,
In Frisk, Dennis Cooper explores the ultimate meaning of the body, sex, and death. The novels narrator, a thirteen-year-old boy, is stunned when he encounters photos of a mutilated boy; his imagination leads him on a journey in which sexual urges start to fuse with grisly fantasies and desires he doesnt understand.
"Synopsis" by ,
When Dennis is thirteen, he sees a series of photographs of a boy apparently unimaginably mutilated. Dennis is not shocked, but stunned by their mystery and their power; their glimpse at the reality of death. Some years later, Dennis meets the boy who posed for the photographs. He did it for love.

Surrounded by images of violence, the celebrity of horror, news of disease, a wasteland of sex, Dennis flies to Europe, having discovered some clues about the photographs: “I see these criminals on the news whove killed someone methodically, and theyre free. They know something amazing. You can just tell.” What they know may lie in bodies themselves. Bodies are unavoidably real; whats in them must have something to say, even in a society that lives on images and fantasies. An isolated windmill in Holland provides the perfect setting for Dennis to find out more about bodies—of which there are many—and what is inside them.

In Frisk, as in the award-winning Closer, Dennis Cooper explores the limits of our knowledge and the dividing line between the body and the spirit. Frisk is a novel about the power of fantasy and faith, about the ecstasy and horror of being human. The bodys power extends to us all, but what power do we have over it, over its appetites and satisfactions? The answer to these questions is a work of imaginative courage and clarity: a murder mystery that implicates us all and a horror story in which the monster is love.

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