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Arcadio: A Novel
     

Arcadio: A Novel

by William Goyen
 

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Completed while he was dying, William Goyen's Arcadio is one of the most affecting and imaginative farewells to life ever written. Arcadio is a half man, half woman raised in a whorehouse and for years the veteran exhibitionist in an itinerant circus sideshow. After he escapes he searches for his lost family, and during the journey tells the fantastic story

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Completed while he was dying, William Goyen's Arcadio is one of the most affecting and imaginative farewells to life ever written. Arcadio is a half man, half woman raised in a whorehouse and for years the veteran exhibitionist in an itinerant circus sideshow. After he escapes he searches for his lost family, and during the journey tells the fantastic story of his life.

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"William Goyen's new novel Arcadio ranks among his most powerful and original visionary works. It virtually pulses with life; it is both audacious and wise; a timeless fable that manages to be boldly contemporary as well." --Joyce Carol Oates

"[A] triumph of the imagination. . . . the overwhelming power of a myth brought to life." --Publishers Weekly

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This rather unusual novel tells the story of title character Arcadio, a runaway tent-show hermaphrodite searching for his/her family. LJ's reviewer found that "the novel's most compelling aspect is Arcadio's lyrical voice, combining knowledge of a corrupted world with a childlike faith" (LJ 11/15/83). For literary collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810150065
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Series:
TriQuarterly Books Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
147
Sales rank:
741,837
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Charles William Goyen (April 24, 1915 – August 30, 1983) was an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, editor, and teacher. Born in a small town in East Texas, these roots would influence his work for his entire life.

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