The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

by Angela Carter


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The transformation of Desiderio's city into a mysterious kingdom is instantaneous: Hallucination flows with magical speed in every brain; avenues and plazas are suddenly as fertile as fairy-book forests. And the evil comes, too, as imaginary massacres fill the streets with blood, the dead return to question the living, and profound anxiety drives hundreds to suicide.

Behind it all stands Doctor Hoffman, whose gigantic generators crack the immutable surfaces of time and space and plunge civilization into a world without the chains – or structures – of reason. Only Desiderio, immune to mirages and fantasy, can defeat him. But Desiderio's battle will take him to the very brink of undeniable, irresistible desire.

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ISBN-13: 9780140235197
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/1986
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 456,051
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Angela Carter (1940 -1992) wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story. She won numerous literary awards, traveled and taught widely in the United States, and lived in London.

Table of Contents

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor HoffmanIntroduction
1. The City Under Siege
2. The Mansion of Midnight
3. The River People
4. The Acrobats of Desire
5. The Erotic Traveller
6. The Coast of Africa
7. Lost in Nebulous Time
8. The Castle

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"Angela Carter may well be the best British writer of her generation."

"Combines exquisite craft win an apparently boundless reach."
—Ian McEwan

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