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Last Exit to Brooklyn [Paperback]

Hubert Selby
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'An urgent tickertape from hell' -- The Spectator

'Last Exit to Brooklyn will explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America and still be eagerly read in 100 years' -- Allen Ginsburg

'Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists ... to understand his work is to understand the anguish of America.' -- New York Times Book Review

From the Publisher

Hubert Selby Jr's classic and controversial masterpiece of the wild underside of New York life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

“How can anybody look inside themselves, and be surprised at the hatred and violence in the world? It’s inside all of us …”

'Last Exit to Brooklyn' is a raw depiction of life amongst New York’s junkies, hustlers, drag queens and prostitutes. An unforgettable cast of characters inhabits the housing projects, bars and streets of Brooklyn: Georgette, a hopelessly romantic and tormented transvestite; Vinnie, a disaffected and volatile youth who has never been on the right side of the law; Tralala, who can find no escape from her loveless existence; Harry, a power-hungry strike leader with a fatal secret. Living on the edge, always walking on the wild side, their alienation and aggression masks a desperate, deep human need for affection and kinship.

Banned in Britain on first publication in 1964, 'Last Exit to Brooklyn' brought its ex-marine drug-addict author instant notoriety. Its truthfulness stunned a generation and continues to shock to this day.

“It is the clash of aspiration, fantasy and desire with the boundaries of the purely contingent that provides the drama of Selby’s work and its ferocious poetry.”

“Hubert Selby is probably one of the six best novelists writing in the English language.”

“'Last Exit to Brooklyn' is a tour de force of muscular, rhythmic prose.”

“An urgent tickertape from hell”

“A masterpiece”

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Hubert Selby Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York. After leaving school he went to sea until illness forced him to leave the Merchant Marines. He began publishing stories in the 1950s, but it was the appearance of LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN in the mid-sixties that brought him widespread recognition. On British publication the book was prosecuted for obscenity, but won its protracted court case on appeal. Hubert Selby's other works are THE ROOM (1971), THE DEMON (1973), REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (1978) and SONG OF THE SILENT SNOW (1986). He lives in Los Angeles, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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