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Circus - Or, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes: A Novel

English · Paperback / Softback

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Zusatztext Praise for Circus NYLON , 1 of 9 Great New Books to Read This Month One of Dennis Cooper's Favorite Books of the Year "This Soft Skull reissue of Wayne Koestenbaum's 2004 debut novel (now with an introduction by Rachel Kushner!) is the perfect book for summer: It's fever-hot, lurid to the extreme, and filled with the kind of lunatic linguistic acrobatics that leave you gasping for air." — Kristin Iverson, Nylon , 1 of 35 Great Books to Read This Summer "[Koestenbaum] rarely writes fiction, but when he does, it is exquisitely unhinged, a little more so than the rest of his more typically aphoristic prose . . . Narrative continuity and formal completion aren’t exactly his bedfellows, which is why Circus , a novel, stands out among the rest of his oeuvre . . . Composed as a series of notebooks authored by the narrator, Circus logs the highs and lows of Theo Mangrove’s small-town life and histrionic musical aspirations. His accounts are detailed, raw, and sexually explicit; as Theo’s HIV positive body gradually deteriorates, he ruminates obsessively over a classical repertoire that he may or may not perform." –– Mirene Arsanios, Guernica "Koestenbaum’s hallucinatory lyricism lends itself to declaration like 'After an intense orgasm we produce voice from our head rather than our chest;' an aphorism every-bit worthy of poet John Shade in Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire ." — The Millions , Most Anticipated "You probably know Wayne Koestenbaum for his incisive nonfiction or his surreal poetry, but that’s not all he’s done. This new edition of Circus: Or, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes: A Novel brings his novel back into print, complete with introduction by Rachel Kushner. It’s about a reclusive pianist planning his comeback in the most surreal manner possible—a welcome reminder of Koestenbaum’s breadth as an author." –– Vol. 1 Brooklyn "Poet, writer, and otherwise diversely talented cultural mainstay Wayne Koestenbaum does not shy away from anything, and we are all the better for it . . . His novel Circus , which was originally published in 2004, was re-released this year by Soft Skull Press . . . Koestenbaum guides us through the most uncomfortable of subjects with his renowned humor and inventiveness of language, and the brilliant Rachel Kushner provides the introduction to the new edition." –– Ruby Bruntun, BOMB "Wayne Koestenbaum’s poetry is as well revered as his cult-classic work of cultural criticism The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire . But his novels are the place to find his brilliant mind on fire in a prose style that is as challenging as it is uproarious. His recently reissued novel, Circus: or, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes , is a rich treat of incantatory prose focusing on fame, decadence, classical music and an Italian circus star." –– Ira Silverberg, Document Praise for Moira Orfei in Aigues Mortes (2004) “If Debussy and Robert Walser had collaborated on an opera, it would sound like this.”—John Ashbery “A mordant, exquisite ode to ‘the authentic and paralyzing distance between us.’ Insignificance is transformed into magnificence, inspiration is disfiguring, and desire is desecration: rapture becomes indistinguishable from rapture. I especially love how the book takes the stargazing of The Queen’s Throat and Jacke Under Skin and poeticizes it, dramatizes it, darkens it, mortalizes it. A deep aesthetic and intellectual pleasure, Wayne Koestenbaum’s first novel is one of my absolutely favorite works of his (than which, in my lexicon, there’s scarcely higher praise).” —David Shields “Wayne Koestenbaum, a writer of mature and accountable linguistic genius, has . . . taken up the fabulist form and maste...

About the author

Wayne Koestenbaum’s twenty books include Camp Marmalade, Notes on Glaze, The Pink Trance Notebooks, My 1980s & Other Essays, Humiliation, Andy Warhol, Jackie Under My Skin, and The Queen’s Throat, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. A new edition of his first novel, Circus; Or, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, was published in 2019. He is a distinguished professor of English, French, and comparative literature at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. His website is

Product details

Authors Wayne Koestenbaum, Rachel Kushner
Assisted by Rachel Kushner (Introduction)
Publisher Counterpoint
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 09.07.2019
EAN 9781593764869
ISBN 978-1-59376-486-9
No. of pages 304
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature

FICTION / Family Life / General, FICTION / Humorous / Black Humor

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