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Frisk [Hardcover]

Dennis Cooper
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May 1991
When Dennis is thirteen, he sees a series of photographs of a boy apparently unimaginably mutilated. Dennis is not shocked, but stunned by their mystery and their power; their glimpse at the reality of death. Some years later, Dennis meets the boy who posed for the photographs. He did it for love.
Surrounded by images of violence, the celebrity of horror, news of disease, a wasteland of sex, Dennis flies to Europe, having discovered some clues about the photographs: "I see these criminals on the news who've killed someone methodically, and they're free. They know something amazing. You can just tell." What they know may lie in bodies themselves. Bodies are unavoidably real; what's in them must have something to say, even in a society that lives on images and fantasies. An isolated windmill in Holland provides the perfect setting for Dennis to find out more about bodies--of which there are many--and what is inside them.
In Frisk, as in the award-winning Closer, Dennis Cooper explores the limits of our knowledge and the dividing line between the body and the spirit. Frisk is a novel about the power of fantasy and faith, about the ecstasy and horror of being human. The body's power extends to us all, but what power do we have over it, over its appetites and satisfactions? The answer to these questions is a work of imaginative courage and clarity: a murder mystery that implicates us all and a horror story in which the monster is love.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Grove Pr; 1 edition (May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802113990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802113993
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,119,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cooper says, "I present the actual act of evil so it's visible and give it a bunch of facets so that you can actually look at it and experience it. You're seduced into dealing with it.... So with Frisk, whatever pleasure you got out of making a picture in your mind based on ... those people being murdered, you take responsibility for it." In unsparingly confessional mode, Cooper leads the reader into a confrontation with what they get out of fantasized scenes of violence. A brilliant novel--not a genre horror work but, rather, a critique of the power of genre. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dennis Cooper is the winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award for Closer, and Guide was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and one of its Ten Best Books of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good, challenging funny in parts 28 Oct 1999
I read Frisk a few weeks ago. I found myself compelled to read all of it after I had started. The whole text flowed well, I think, with a style that is definately not pornography. The scenes of sex and violence were graphic enough without being absurd; I found myself feeling rather detached from the suffering of the victims and I found several of the more graphic sections even funny at times. I believe this is what Dennis meant to occur in the mind of the reader, and he wants us to then assess these emotions and their implications about ourselves. Sartre used stories (e.g. roads to freedom and La Nausea) to expound his philosophy and I felt I learnt from a form of latent philosophy in this book; either way my own personal philosphy was changing by this book (not in the sense of murder _ but body info etc etc.)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE HARROWING STORY OF A WOULD-BE MURDERER 11 Sep 2000
Having explored the vacuousness of life in his first novel 'Closer', controversial gay writer Dennis Cooper set out to examine the boundries between sex and death, fantasy and reality in this second book, perhaps of all his work the one most calculated to appal and offend. This time he places himself, or a character who claims to be himself, at the centre of the narrative. When he is thirteen, 'Dennis' sees a collection of photographs which show a naked teenager bound, mutilated and apparently dead. The effect of these images is to introduce a sharply sadistic streak into his sexual fantasies, to the extent that, even when he discovers, a few years later, that the snuff photographs were really a fake (he meets the supposedly dead boy in person), he has already become unnervingly obsessed with the idea of killing someone himself.
As he grows older and attempts to explain his troubling desires, so too do they become more concentrated in his mind. He wishes to muder a boy, not for the sake of killing him, but to 'understand' him completely. It is not enough for 'Dennis' to deal simply with the external surface of a body: to possess and appreciate it absolutely it is necessary for him to open it up and explore the sights, textures and smells which exist inside it. Put crudely, it is only possible to observe how something works by taking it to bits. 'Dennis' does not see this as a violation but rather an extreme form of adoration, allowing him to feel no sense of remourse or compassion over his 'victims'. In his fantasies, the boys die so that he can fully comprehend their lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than Bret Easton Ellis 9 Jan 2008
This is a haunting novel about an image haunting a kid and transform his life as an adult. It is extremely graphic but never gratuitous, it deals with boundaries, and how extreme we can be, life can be human beings can be, it's an amazing insight of a tortured man and a study on horror.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum.... 5 April 2013
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I hasten to say that I did NOT buy this book-our neighbours where dumping some books and I was curious.
Shocking, revolting even thought provoking would have been preferable to the life sapping boredom this very badly written book induced.
I will never get back the hours spent trying to read it, and, having read it, I don't know why I bothered.
It's back to the early funny ones for me; David Goodies, Raymond Chandler, Jim Thompson etc.
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