Hogg

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Acclaimed winner of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime's contribution to gay and lesbian literature, Samuel R. Delany wrote Hogg three decades ago. Since then it has been one of America's most famous 'unpublishable' novels. The subject matter of Hogg is our culture of sexual violence and degeneration. Delany explores his disturbing protagonist Hogg on his own turf--rape, pederasty, sexual excess--exposing an area of violence ...
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Overview


Acclaimed winner of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime's contribution to gay and lesbian literature, Samuel R. Delany wrote Hogg three decades ago. Since then it has been one of America's most famous 'unpublishable' novels. The subject matter of Hogg is our culture of sexual violence and degeneration. Delany explores his disturbing protagonist Hogg on his own turf--rape, pederasty, sexual excess--exposing an area of violence and sexual abuse from the inside. As such, it is a brave book.
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Editorial Reviews

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"There is no question that Hogg by Samuel R. Delany is a serious book with literary merit."
-Norman Mailer

"Hogg is a truly significant book. It is distasteful, raw, and upsetting; it also treats some of the sexual taboos that Americans do not want addressed in either art or politics. Hogg is an artistic triumph, as well as a political one." -John O'Brien, Dalkey Archive Press

"The most shocking novel published in the 20th century." --American Book Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hugo-and Nebula Award-winner Delany-whose early books were fascinating but whose recent efforts have grown increasingly obtuse-has been trying to get this pornographic novel published since 1973. The main narrator here is an 11-year-old boy who joins up with a raping, murdering pederast named Hogg. Coprophiliac Hogg violates women for pay. He enlists the help of other pedophiliac murdering rapists-Nigg, Dago and Denny-and the group sets off to perform acts of hideous violence. After the attacks, a biker friend of Hogg's sells the boy into sexual slavery to dockyard slum resident Big Sambo, who keeps his 12-year-old daughter for prostitution and his own perversions. The traumatized little girl is gang-raped by Hogg's crew as well. Meanwhile, teenaged Denny goes on an insane mutilating and mass-murder spree, eludes the police and finally returns to Hogg and the hopelessly confused narrator, who has been ``rescued'' after Hogg murders Big Sambo. Gang-rape attacks and criminal sex orgies are detailed at excruciating length, with photographic realism. This potent emetic is all the more disturbing for want of modulators of honest outrage. In other works, Delany has examined the role of the criminal within society; with Hogg, he apparently was content merely to inhabit the criminal mind without exploring it. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573661195
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Samuel R. Delany is one of the most celebrated writers of speculative fiction and is also a noted author of scripts, a director, and the editor of two short films. His novel Babel-17 (Vintage, 2002) won the Science Fiction Writers of America Award in 1966 and he has also won four Nebula Awards and one Hugo Award. His other books include The Bridge of Lost Desire (Arbor House, 1987), Dhalgren (University Press of New England, 1996), Atlantis: Three Tales (Wesleyan University Press, 1995), The Star Pits (Tor Books, 1989), and Equinox (Masquerade, 1994). He currently teaches Queer Studies at Temple University.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    Simply Amazing

    Hogg is one of the best books I have ever read. What I think you should really pay attention to in this book is not just the graphic sexual scenes, but the descriptive nature sceneries and the psychological interaction between the characters. Hogg is one of the most gruesome characters in literary history, but if you take him with his ¿young accomplice¿, you just might see a lighter side of him. Hogg explores political and social injustices and is a book you won¿t want to put down. Unless you have a weak stomach. I believe that if some people would just give this book a chance, they could see it for its ragged beauty, not just a string of rapes.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2004

    DISGUSTING-YET STRANGLY COMPELLING

    WITHOUT A DOUBT THE MOST GRAPHIC AND PERVERSE BOOK I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. THERE WERE PASSAGES THAT I LITERALLY HAD TO SKIP.THIS BOOK MADE ANNE RICES' 'BEAUTY' SERIES SEEM LIKE KIDS STUFF.YET THERE IS MERIT THERE.I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN.I HAVE NO DOUBT PEOPLE LIKE THOSE DESCRIBED IN THE BOOK EXIST. I HOPE THAT I NEVER RUN INTO THEM.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

    horrid book

    It's full of gratuitous pornography and violence,that in no way makes up for the writing or the plot. If I could've I would'nt have given it any stars.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2010

    Very strange, but worth the read.

    Danger : This Book has a high risk of being offensive!
    -but don't let that stop you from reading it : )
    Hogg is an odd book, and that's a understatement. However if you want something that is truly new and like nothing you have seen before, it's a book for you. The sex scenes can get long and some of the imagery will make your guts turn a little, but this story has some amazing lines when the people just sit down and talk, it sort grows on you near the end. You might even find yourself growing fond some of these people, even though you know there is nothing good about them. This book dares you to be offended, but if you can see past it's hard shell of sex and violence it has a rather intellectual underbelly

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2009

    A stupid book

    If this happen in real life, the main characters would have bacterial infections which left untreated could lead to severe illness.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

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    Oddly, one of my favorite books that I've read.

    This book is amazing, when you look at the character development and the writing style but I by no means recommend this to someone with a weak stomach of a feint heart. I would rate this along the lines of "Lolita meets A Clockwork Orange" and even that doesn't do it justice. The depictions of sex and violence (most of the time it's sexual violence) are graphic (understatement) and Delany doesn't allow you to leave without learning every detail of what is happening but look at the social commentary and especially look at the way the kid views things.

    It brings up a lot of moralistic issues as well as actually is love and enjoyment.

    Yes it's grotesque and it's main goal is to offend you without question but look beyond that and you'll see a gem of a read. If it wasn't such a horrifying read I'm sure there would be many teachers wanting to teach this book. I've handed it off to quite a few of my friends and we've had discussions beyond belief dealing with this book.

    I highly recommend it, if you can handle it. Even if you're only challenging yourself to see if you can make it through to the end. you won't be disappointed.

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