By John Hawkes
After years of underground lifestyles, this wonderful novel is rising as a vintage of visionary writing and nonetheless continues to be Hawkes's simply paintings dedicated completely to American life.
The Beetle Leg, John Hawkes's moment full-length novel, used to be first released by way of New instructions in 1951. After years of underground life, this superb novel is rising as a vintage of visionary writing and nonetheless continues to be Hawkes's merely paintings dedicated exclusively to American existence. As a 'surrealist Western" (Newsweek), and a violent and poetic portrayal of "a panorama of sexual apathy" (Albert J. Guerard), The Beetle Leg is a wealthy flight into the distinctive vein of comedy that Hawkes had all started to use a decade prior to the preferred attractiveness of "black humor."
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