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Closer

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by Dennis Cooper
 

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Like Jean Genet and William Burroughs, Dennis Cooper assaults the senses as he engages the mind with visions of nightmare intensity in a world where stimulation without excitement and experience without emotion are prized.

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Like Jean Genet and William Burroughs, Dennis Cooper assaults the senses as he engages the mind with visions of nightmare intensity in a world where stimulation without excitement and experience without emotion are prized.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In chapters titled with the names of the characters on whom they focus, this brief novel links together a small, bleakly debauched cast of gay men. Dedicated to sex and violence for the catharsis these acts would seem to promise, the men settle into a dull grind of physical encounters that, no matter how searing, fail to provide transcendence. The fault of their miserable existence seems to lie not in them, but in existence itself; life by its very nature can offer little but a thrillingly painful prelude to death. The novel's problem is not Cooper's point of view but the monotony of his spare, honest treatment: his deadpan look at chronic sexual anomie is so faithful to the phenomenon it describes that the work succumbs, laconically, to weariness. Scope is further limited by Cooper's decision to address the condition of despair more than its cause. Though convincing, sometimes darkly funny evidence of dissolution and decay abounds (`` . . . men had worn him away. They'd fastened him to a treadmill that spun until there was nothing around but a vague outline, smeared in blood''), memorable details tend to languish in dolorous prose. (Apr.)
John Ash
Bleak and brilliant. There can be no doubt about the power and originality of Cooper's writing. Sheer force of style raises Closer to the level of (at least) a minor classic.
The Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802132123
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Cooper, Dennis
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
434,651
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.40(d)

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Edmund White
Extraordinary….One of the few new American writers with a completely distinctive voice.
Lynne Tillman
Closer translates the moments and feelings for which we don't really have a vocabulary. Cooper taps the ineffable, the murky underside of sexual and human relations.
Kathy Acker
An incredibly beautiful and daring book. Cooper's language is at first intense, merely minimal, then suddenly, it ascends intervision.

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Closer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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With 'Closer,' Cooper began what would become a five-book cycle about sex and death. 'Closer' is the least complicated of the books in the cycle. It tells about the relationships among a group of six gay high schoolers through a series of episodes from different points of view. The book is imbued with a punk sensibility. While the characters develop strategies for avoiding pain, they inevitably get closer to their own feelings. This ambivalence along with their alienation from each other sets up the sense of detachment that characterizes the style. It allows the book to describe extreme sex and violence without feeling exploitative. 'Closer' is one of those books to which I have returned time after time.