The Tattoo Hunter

The Tattoo Hunter


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The Tattoo Hunter by Juvenal Acosta

From the date of its original publication in Spanish, The Tattoo Hunter established itself as a new classic of the city by the Bay. Now in translation, this neo-noir novel is finally available to the English language reader.

The Tattoo Hunter is a powerful account of the dark side of sexuality and its effects on human consciousness. Written in an enticing poetic style, this story of curiosity and seduction takes us from the very origins of the Cretan labyrinth to the labyrinth drawn on the soft skin of its most intriguing character, the Countess, in a desperate hunt for meaning. The elegant prose and provocative atmosphere immerse us in a world of velvet, Goth women, and red wine spilled on naked bodies, as we follow the steps of this unique, intellectual hunter.

About the Author

Juvenal Acosta is a fiction writer, poet, and journalist born in Mexico in 1961. He has edited two anthologies of contemporary Mexican poetry published by City Lights Books. The original version of The Tattoo Hunter (El Cazador de Tatuajes), his first novel, was published in Mexico City to wide critical acclaim. This Fall, The Violence of Velvet (Terciopelo Violento), his second novel, will be released by Planeta Press. His essay on bullfighting, �The Gaze and the Blood,� was translated into English by Gregory Rabassa and published by Periplus Books in London as an introduction to Tauromachia, a book of photography. Acosta writes for Cambio, a weekly magazine published by Gabriel Garc�a M�rquez in Mexico City, directs the M.F.A. in Writing and Consciousness at the New College of California, and teaches creative writing at the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887394966
Publisher: Creative Arts Book Company
Publication date: 06/28/2002
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.52(d)

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What People are Saying About This

Thomas Sanchez

A smash-up of desire and delusion that devours all philosophic pretense and peels the erotic grape of life in a full-frontal poetic grope of language.
— author of Day of the Bees

Mark Oliver

Was in the metro in Madrid flashing this book around in the air. Two midgets came up to me and showed me their tattoos and then offered me blowjobs
— author of Map of Africa

Barry Gifford

The Tattoo Hunter is perfervid, feline, a ritualized expos� of victimhood, of deceit and its tyrannical twin, the truth.
Wild at Heart

Andrei Codrescu

It took only three hours to read this masterpiece of urban angst and pussy, and I emerged, despite the narrator�s dark existential mood, quite refreshed
— author of Casanova in Bohemia

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