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Cleanness by Garth Greenwell



ISBN: 9781509874637 Category: Tags: , ,


‘Cleanness is stunning provocatively revelatory and atmospherically profound. Here is love and sex as art as pulse as truth’ – Lisa Taddeo author of Three Women Sofia Bulgaria a landlocked city in southern Europe stirs with hope and impending upheaval. Soviet buildings crumble wind scatters sand from the far south and political protesters flood the streets with song. In this atmosphere of disquiet an American teacher navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love. As he prepares to leave the place he’s come to call home he grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his years abroad each bearing uncanny reminders of his past. A queer student’s confession recalls his own first love a stranger’s seduction devolves into paternal sadism and a romance with a younger man opens and heals old wounds. Each echo reveals startling insights about what it means to seek connection: with those we love with the places we inhabit and with our own fugitive selves. Cleanness revisits and expands the world of Garth Greenwell’s beloved debut What Belongs to You declared ‘an instant classic’ by the New York Times Book Review. In exacting elegant prose Greenwell transcribes the strange dialects of desire cementing his stature as one of our most vital living writers.

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Weight 360 g
Dimensions 216 × 135 × 23 mm


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