Chronicle of a Plague, Revisited: AIDS and Its Aftermath

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Andrew Holleran’s Ground Zero, first published in 1988 and consisting of 23 Christopher Street essays from the earliest years of the AIDS crisis, was hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the best dispatches from the epidemic’s height.” Twenty years later, with HIV/AIDS long recognized as a global health challenge, Holleran both reiterates and freshly illuminates the devastation wreaked by AIDS, which has claimed the lives of 450,000 gay men as well as 22 million others. Chronicle of a Plague, Revisited ...
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Overview


Andrew Holleran’s Ground Zero, first published in 1988 and consisting of 23 Christopher Street essays from the earliest years of the AIDS crisis, was hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the best dispatches from the epidemic’s height.” Twenty years later, with HIV/AIDS long recognized as a global health challenge, Holleran both reiterates and freshly illuminates the devastation wreaked by AIDS, which has claimed the lives of 450,000 gay men as well as 22 million others. Chronicle of a Plague, Revisited features ten pieces never previously republished outside Christopher Street, as well as a new introduction keenly describing and evaluating a historical moment that still informs and defines today’s world-particularly its community of homosexuals, which, arguably, is still recovering from the devastation of AIDS.
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Editorial Reviews

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Pop Matters
“A first class document…Holleran’s writings give some means by which to disentangle this otherwise unfathomable situation…It is essential reading.”

OutSmart
“The stories are important for our collective memory. There was a time when the gay community felt attacked by an invisible assailant, and Holleran (a fine writer—reason enough to own this book) records how that went, as it went. Poignant, angry, fearful, beautiful.”
 

Gay & Lesbian Review, Sep/Oct 2008
The emotions [these essays] capture makes it a universal drama—a cautionary tale and an unsettling look at how far we haven’t come.”
 

Out Front Colorado, 8/20/08
“Gems of portraiture.” 
 

Lambda Book Report, Fall 08
“Poignant, melancholic, and disquieting…Holleran is one of the most vital and distinct voices in gay literature…Holleran’s new book of those forgotten days should endure.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786720392
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew Holleran is also the author of a short story collection and four acclaimed novels, Dancer from the Dance, Nights in Aruba, The Beauty of Men, and Grief. He lives in Washington, D.C. and Florida.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Circles 15

Bedside Manners 29

Snobs at Sea 37

The Room 47

Little Boats 57

Talking to O. 69

Reading and Writing 77

Sheridan Square 87

The Names of Flowers 97

Ties 107

The Fear 117

Tragic Drag 129

Beauty NOW 139

My Little Trojan 155

Ground Zero 161

Cleaning My Bedroom 173

Emmanuel's Loft 185

Tuesday Nights 201

Trust 209

The Way We Live Now 219

The Incredible Shrinking City 227

Walking New York 237

Bobby's Grave 247

Stars 257

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2009

    THE BEST AUTHOR WRITING ON GAY LIFE

    CHRONICLE OF A PLAGUE, REVISITED is a collection of essays that shows how the AIDS epidemic devastated the gay community in New York during the 1980s. A gifted stylist, Holleran¿s writing is deeply felt, honest, and witty. I not only read this new edition in one sitting, but I went back to my old copy of GROUND ZERO and read the essays that he edited out, including the historically important ¿The Absence of Anger.¿ When I lived in New York, the one time that I used the New York Public Library¿s Research Library on Fifth Avenue is when I went to read Holleran¿s column in the back issues of the now gone magazine, CHRISTOPHER STREET. So, I was delighted that he added to this new edition ten of those excellent essays that were not in the original GROUND ZERO. This freshly edited book is more focused and powerful than the original and should be essential reading for any gay man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

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    Andrew Holleran's words are the most beautiful captured on page. Many people have never heard of Andrew and I suppose that makes him happy. He writes about The Outsider and I guess he is damned and blessed to remain so. When I read Andrew Holleran's words, I feel as if I am reading my confession and dreams together. I read a passage, place my book beside me, contemplate my life, and I find myself in a trance. Andrew Holleran's Chronicles of a Plague, Revisited deserves a prize greater than The Pulitzer. Can we give him eternal beauty? A cure for Aids? Happiness? A pen and paper?

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