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The Necrophiliac by Gabrielle Wittkop

A recent release by Toronto's ECW Press has been declared "a masterpiece" in The Guardian.

In his recent review of The Necrophiliac by Gabrielle Wittkop (translated by Don Bapst), Nicholas Lezard declares, "This would be a poor and revolting little book (fewer than 100 pages, which is quite enough, really) if it did not have such a poised tone and sensibility, such intelligence, behind it. Or if it sheltered itself, in cowardly fashion, behind allegory. It is the apotheosis of sick humour, the kind that makes us both laugh and confront things we would normally rather not... With its intimate involvement with the decaying body it makes other engagements with death and the macabre look like silly, superficial flirtations. I was, like Orwell's imaginary reader, determined at first not to be impressed. But I very quickly was. This is a masterpiece."

For the full Guardian review, please click here. For more information on the book, including an excerpt and links to PDF and ePub versions, please click here.

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