City of Night

City of Night

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Synopsis

“[Rechy's] tone rings absolutely true, is absolutely his own. . . . He tells the truth, and tells it with such passion that we are forced to share in the life he conveys. . . . This is a most humbling and liberating achievement."—James Baldwin

When John Rechy's explosive first novel appeared in 1963, it marked a radical departure in fiction, and gave voice to a subculture that had never before been revealed with such acuity. It earned comparisons to Genet and Kerouac, even as Rechy was personally attacked by scandalized reviewers. Nevertheless, the book became an international bestseller, and fifty years later, it has become a classic. Bold and inventive in style, Rechy is unflinching in his portrayal of one hustling “youngman" and his search for self-knowledge within the neon-lit world of hustlers, drag queens, and the denizens of their world, as he moves from El Paso to Times Square, from Pershing Square to the French Quarter. Now including never-seen original marked galley pages and an interview with the author, Rechy's portrait of the edges of America has lost none of its power to move and exhilarate.

Book information

ISBN: 9780802121530
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Imprint: Grove Press
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 813.54
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 12676
Number of pages: 491
Weight: 572g
Height: 210mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 35mm