Ravenous Muse: A Table of Dark and Comic Contents, a Bacchanal of Books

Ravenous Muse: A Table of Dark and Comic Contents, a Bacchanal of Books

by Karen Elizabeth Gordon, Dugald Stermer
     
 
From the author of The Deluxe Transitive Vampire comes this delightful collection of writings about food, drink, and the art of eating. Drawing on excerpts from more than 50 writers—Barthes, Balzac, Mandelstam, McPhee, Marquez, and Joyce among them—Gordon gives us a funny, surprising, and wonderfully macabre book.

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From the author of The Deluxe Transitive Vampire comes this delightful collection of writings about food, drink, and the art of eating. Drawing on excerpts from more than 50 writers—Barthes, Balzac, Mandelstam, McPhee, Marquez, and Joyce among them—Gordon gives us a funny, surprising, and wonderfully macabre book.

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Theresa Ducato
This delicious collection of writings about food, drink, and the art of eating makes a mouthwatering feast. The many contributors include Lawrence Durrell, Mikhail Bulgakov, and James Joyce. Anthony Burgess writes that a Parisian dinner is meant to be a single elegant statement, like a well-turned sentence or an outfit from Yves Saint Laurent. The marquis de Sade, in the 1790s, complained bitterly about the food in the Bastille and wrote to his wife requesting, among other things, a dozen cakes and 10 packets of candles. Reading this book is like having tea with the Mad Hatter. Lewis Carroll will tell you where to sit, perhaps Emily Dickinson will serve you cake on eggshell-textured plates, and Paul Klee will wash up the dishes. "The Ravenous Muse" serves up a rich collection of worlds and sensibilities guaranteed to delight any literary food lover.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679418610
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/13/1996
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.61(h) x 1.03(d)

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