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My Amputations, My Amputations, 1573661430, 1-57366-143-0, 978-1-57366-143-0, 9781573661430, , , My Amputations, 1573668389, 1-57366-838-9, 978-1-57366-838-5, 9781573668385,

My Amputations
by Clarence Major

Quality Paper
2008. 225 pp.
978-1-57366-143-0
Price:  $22.95 s
E Book
224 pp.
978-1-57366-838-5
Price:  $9.95 d

Originally published in 1986, this new edition returns to print a classic, influential work of American fiction. 

"My Amputations, Clarence Major's fifth novel, is an explosively rich book about a man pursued by his shadow. Its protagonist is either a desperate ex-con who has become convinced that he is an important American novelist or a desperate American novelist who has become convinced that he—and most of what passes for literary life on three continents—is a con. Clarence Major has split the difference between Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Herman Melville's The Confidence Man to produce this dark, funny tale about the great American hustle."
—Denise Levertov, Robert Haas, Jonathan Galassi, Sandra Cisneros (Jurors, Western States Arts Foundation, 1986 Western States Book Award for Fiction)

"My Amputationsis a provocative advance in contemporary American writing. This novel should do much to make the name Clarence Major a byword among aficionados of adventurous fiction everywhere."
—The Washington Post Book World

"My Amputations is a feat of wizardry, a book possessed by freewheeling abandon."
—Chicago Tribune

 

 


Clarence Major is a prize-winning poet, novelist, painter, and a Bronze Medal finalist for the National Book Award. Author of nine novels, eleven volumes of poetry and other works, Major has contributed to over a hundred periodicals and anthologies. 

My Amputations, Clarence Major’s fifth novel, is an explosively rich book about a man pursued by his shadow. Its protagonist is either a desperate ex-con who has become convinced that he is an important American novelist or a desperate American novelist who has become convinced that he—and most of what passes for literary life on three continents—is a con. Clarence Major has split the difference between Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Herman Melville’s The Confidence Man to produce this dark, funny tale about the great American hustle."
—Denise Levertov, Robert Haas, Jonathan Galassi, Sandra Cisneros (Jurors, Western States Arts Foundation, 1986 Western States Book Award for Fiction)

“My Amputations is a picaresque novel that comes wailing out of the blues tradition: it is ironic, irreverent, sexy, on a first-name basis with the human condition.”
The New York Times

“My Amputations “is a provocative advance in contemporary American writing. This novel should do much to make the name Clarence Major a byword among aficionados of adventurous fiction everywhere.”
The Washington Post Book World

“Mere description cannot convey the wild humor and audacity to be found here, nor the anxiety and cunning. The virtues of My Amputations are all active ones. Clarence Major has fashioned a novel that is simultaneously a deception and one great, roaring self-revelation.”
The Nation

My Amputations is a feat of wizardry, a book possessed by freewheeling abandon.”
Chicago Tribune

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