Lovetown

Lovetown

by Michal Witkowski
     
 
Patrycja y Lukrecja, dos travestis que crecieron en un Estado comunista, se pasaron los años 70 y 80 en la marginalidad, seduciendo a soldados soviéticos y viendo a sus amigos morir de sida. Sus desvergonzadas historias de aquellos años parecen escandalosas. Ahora están a punto de ir a Lubiewo, una ciudad costera habitada por una

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Patrycja y Lukrecja, dos travestis que crecieron en un Estado comunista, se pasaron los años 70 y 80 en la marginalidad, seduciendo a soldados soviéticos y viendo a sus amigos morir de sida. Sus desvergonzadas historias de aquellos años parecen escandalosas. Ahora están a punto de ir a Lubiewo, una ciudad costera habitada por una generación más joven de gays emancipados, y se dan cuenta de que ser gay en la Polonia actual ya no es tan interesante. Los veteranos y los jóvenes mantienen una lucha feroz. Los primeros reivindican sus costumbres disolutas y conservan cierta nostalgia de la Polonia comunista. Los segundos, más civilizados, piden igualdad, respeto, derecho al matrimonio y a la adopción... Todos comparten el placer por la disputa y la extravagancia. En Lovetown, una suerte de Decamerón queer, se mezclan retratos, anécdotas, escenas sexuales y recuerdos de libertinaje.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This hilarious, scabrous, sharp-eyed, sharp-tongued (and brilliantly translated) novel is essentially and life-enhancingly political - if by politics we mean who gets to live, and how. Treat yourself; buy it - Guardian

A fascinating look at how the darkness of communism may have only given way to a blander, cosmopolitan life for all and sundry - Big Issue

The end of Soviet oppression wasn't good news for everyone. Patricia and Lucretia are relics of the pre-Solidarity, pre-Aids Polish gay scene, nostalgic about the old days of shame and secrecy ... The two old queens - as much outsiders in the new world as in the old - tell their stories of samizdat sex to a young gay journalist - The Times

A boisterous journey through communist and post-communist Poland. It's a riotous, anarchic, self-proclaimed "faggot Decameron" - a cacophony of voices that proudly recount their queer exploits in toilets, parks and army barracks before homosexuality was decriminalised.Their tales are collected by a journalist who is, like the author, called Michal, who plans to write a "book of the street". This is also a project of literary reclamation. In everything from his smutty language to his chaotic narrative structure to the lurid detail with which he describes death, sex and shit, Witkowski is challenging inherited notions not only of what it means to be queer but of how a writer should write, and even what it means to tell a story. The outcome is jubilant, subversive and hilarious. - Observer

Witkowski chose to base his novel around the political changes of the 1980s, and their impact on gay men's lives. Instead of merely disinterring a period that seemed crude or repressed, Witkowski allows his dissident voices to challenge the notion that capitalism has benevolently triumphed in Poland, bringing prosperity and also every accompanying gay bauble to a backward people ... a bracing, strident, surprisingly beautiful novel. - Independent

Lovetown offers a vast overview of a changing subculture ... A subtly polemical novel. - TLS

Witkowski's portrait novel is both harrowing and hilarious, providing an important political commentary through two unlikely heroes. - Big Issue

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788433933089
Publisher:
Anagrama
Publication date:
05/18/2011
Series:
Panorama de narrativas
Sold by:
Libranda
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
405 KB

Meet the Author

Micha? Witkowski (Breslavia, Polonia, 1975) vive en Varsovia. Ha publicado cinco libros, dos de los cuales fueron nominados al prestigioso premio literario polaco Nike. Lovetown, su primera novela, que obtuvo la primera de dichas nominaciones, también ha recibido el Premio Literario de la Ciudad de Gdynia y el Premio de la Asociación de Libreros Polacos. Tras alcanzar un gran éxito en Polonia, Lovetown ha sido traducida a dieciséis lenguas.

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