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Last Exit to Brooklyn

Hubert Selby Jr


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PUBLISHED: 25th August 2011
ISBN: 9780141195650
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A novel that tells the stories of New Yorkers who at every turn confront the worst excesses in human nature. It includes such creations as: Georgette, the transvestite who falls in love with a callous hoodlum; and Tralala, the conniving prostitute who plumbs the depths of sexual degradation.
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  • Paperback
    $18.85
PUBLISHED: 25th August 2011
ISBN: 9780141195650
ANNOTATION:
A novel that tells the stories of New Yorkers who at every turn confront the worst excesses in human nature. It includes such creations as: Georgette, the transvestite who falls in love with a callous hoodlum; and Tralala, the conniving prostitute who plumbs the depths of sexual degradation.

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A novel that tells the stories of New Yorkers who at every turn confront the worst excesses in human nature. It includes such creations as: Georgette, the transvestite who falls in love with a callous hoodlum; and Tralala, the conniving prostitute who plumbs the depths of sexual degradation.

Publisher Description

Few novels have caused as much debate as Hubert Selby Jr.'s notorious masterpiece, Last Exit to Brooklyn, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting.Described by various reviewers as hellish and obscene, Last Exit to Brooklyn tells the stories of New Yorkers who at every turn confront the worst excesses in human nature. Yet there are moments of exquisite tenderness in these troubled lives. Georgette, the transvestite who falls in love with a callous hoodlum; Tralala, the conniving prostitute who plumbs the depths of sexual degradation; and Harry, the strike leader who hides his true desires behind a boorish masculinity, are unforgettable creations. Last Exit to Brooklyn was banned by British courts in 1967, a decision that was reversed the following year with the help of a number of writers and critics including Anthony Burgess and Frank Kermode. Hubert Selby, Jr. (1928-2004) was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school and went to sea with the merchant marines. While at sea he was diagnosed with lung disease. With no other way to make a living, he decided to try writing- 'I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer.' In 1964 he completed his first book, Last Exit to Brooklyn, which has since become a cult classic. In 1966, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK. His other books include The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, The Willow Tree and Waiting Period. In 2000, Requiem for a Dream was adapted into a film starring Jared Leto and Ellen Burstyn, and directed by Darren Aronofsky.If you enjoyed Last Exit to Brooklyn, you might like Larry McMurty's The Last Picture Show, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.'Last Exit to Brooklyn will explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America, and still be eagerly read in 100 years'Allen Ginsberg'An urgent tickertape from hell'Spectator

Author Biography

Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn in 1928. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school and went to sea with the merchant marines. While at sea he was diagnosed with lung disease. With no other way to make a living, he decided to try writing- 'I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer.' In 1964 he completed his first book, Last Exit to Brooklyn, which has since become a cult classic. In 1966, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK. His other books include The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, Song of the Silent Snow, The Willow Tree and Waiting Period. In 2000, Requiem for a Dream starred Jared Leto and Ellen Burstyn and was directed by Darren Aronofsky. Hubert Selby Jr died in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California in April 2004.

Review

Selby deploys street slang, common speech, argot and scatology to create a high poetic art...it seems to derive from the greatest American poetry--Whitman, Pound, Williams, and Olson The Nation An urgent tickertape from hell Spectator Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists ... to understand his work is to understand the anguish of America New York Times Book Review

Product Details

Author
Hubert Selby Jr
Year
2011
ISBN-10
0141195657
ISBN-13
9780141195650
Media
Book
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Short Title
LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN HUBERT S
Language
English
Series
Penguin Modern Classics
Pages
272
Publication Date
2011-08-25
Format
Paperback