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Diary of an Innocent By Tony Duvert Bruce Benderson,

  • Title: Diary of an Innocent
  • Author: Tony Duvert Bruce Benderson
  • ISBN: 9781584350774
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now in English, Duvert s shocking novel about a sexual adventurer among a tribe of adolescent boys in Northern Africa I d find it amusing if, in a few centuries, the only thing that our descendents condescend to retain of our artistic production, the only thing in which they ll see worlds to admire, to penetrate, the only thing that they ll show off as precious in immenseNow in English, Duvert s shocking novel about a sexual adventurer among a tribe of adolescent boys in Northern Africa I d find it amusing if, in a few centuries, the only thing that our descendents condescend to retain of our artistic production, the only thing in which they ll see worlds to admire, to penetrate, the only thing that they ll show off as precious in immense museums after having flushed down the toilet all our acknowledged masterpieces, the only thing that will give them nostalgia and love for us will be our porn from Diary of an InnocentExiled from the prestigious French literary circles that had adored him in the 1970s, novelist Tony Duvert s life ended in anonymity In 2008, nineteen years after his last book was published, Duvert s lifeless body was discovered in the small village of Thor la Rochette, where he had been living a life of total seclusion.Now for the first time, Duvert s most highly crafted novel is available in English Poetic, brutally frank, and outright shocking, Diary of an Innocent recounts the risky experiences of a sexual adventurer among a tribe of adolescent boys in an imaginary setting that suggests North Africa More reverie than narrative, Duvert s Diary presents a cascading series of portraits of the narrator s adolescent sexual partners and their culture, and ends with a fanciful yet rigorous construction of a reverse world in which marginal sexualities have become the norm.Written with gusto and infused with a luminous bitterness, this novel is unsettling to readers today than it was to its first audience when published in French in 1976 In his openly declared war on society, Duvert presents a worldview that offers no easy moral code and no false narrative solution of redemption And yet no reader will remain untouched by the book s dazzling language, stinging wit, devotion to matters of the heart, and terse condemnation of today s society.
    Diary of an Innocent Now in English Duvert s shocking novel about a sexual adventurer among a tribe of adolescent boys in Northern Africa I d find it amusing if in a few centuries the only thing that our descendents co

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    1. I first heard the name Tony Duvert on Dennis Cooper s great and on going blog, and was intrigued that he was a French writer my obsession and wrote about sexuality that many will feel questionable Diary of an Innocent reads like a sex diary, rant, social theory, and a feverish dream all at once The back cover liner notes says novel but I wonder if it is but that s not the issue of the book What the book is about is a man who enjoys gay sex with various young boys in what may be somewhere in Nort [...]

    2. Cuando lo empec a leer me vino a la mente una serie de palabras Grotesco, Inapropiado, Indefendible, Directo En un af n por intentar empatizar con el escritor recordemos que es un diario siento in tilmente como rechazo ciertos actos y condeno algunos otros, es innegable que es un buen libro, pero es duro, tienes que estar preparado para leerlo, haber sufrido ciertas etapas en tu vida para poder llegar a comprender m nimamente al autor, como dije, sin xito o con cierto fastidio, a penas llevo dos [...]

    3. As Bruce Benderson points out in his fantastic introduction to this novel, as an American reader, I was disturbed by the narrator s lack of redemption at the end But disturbing was that the bulk of this book is truly boring Describing page after page of a man graphically describing sex with underage boys as boring is certainly not going to win me any allies, but it s the truth How many different ways can an author describe bodies and their positioning before the reader says, Ok got it The book [...]

    4. Through elemental and exquisetly constructed prose Duvert led me on a renewed discovery of the underbelly of our western cultures, particularly our capacities and habbits of interpersonal relations.Duvert at once pulls the reader in and instigates a removal within where the reader is allowed the space to critique what is presented Duvert accomplishes this through several devices, including telling stories of his subjects where he interchanges refereneces to them between the intimate personal pro [...]

    5. Happened to pick this up during Borders going out of business sale This book is troubling, memorable, poetic, brutally frank, and outright shocking.Diary of an Innocent recounts the risky experiences of a sexual adventurer among a tribe of adolescent boys in an imaginary setting that suggests North Africa A cascading series of portraits of the narrator s adolescent sexual partners and their culture that ends with a fanciful yet rigorous construction of a reverse world in which marginal sexualiti [...]

    6. I love the cover of this book, the photograph is so pretty Weirdly I think it is a photograph of some shacks in a Latin American city Havana , even though the events in the book seem to take place in Morocco or Algeria or something

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