The Ravenous Muse

The Ravenous Muse

A Table of Dark and Comic Contents, A Bacchanal of Books

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Drawing on excerpts from the richly diverse writings of Balzac, Joyce, McPhee, and Barthes, among others, this collection of essays shares meditations and observations on food, drink, and the art of eating. By the author of The Deluxe Transitive Vampire. 30,000 first printing. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
With The Ravenous Muse, Karen Elizabeth Gordon, the author of The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, has created a brilliant and witty collection of writing about food and literature. A highly original and macabre selection - with a strong Slavic/Balkan flavor - it's an often surreal look at the whimsical and even comical realm of the pleasures and displeasures of the table. Sometimes food plays a provocative role - the inspiration for something else or a spur to the process of creativity itself.
In these pieces, everything from olives to toffee is used to evoke emotions, characters, or events. Whether it's Raymond Queneau on the flavors of a Paris bus, Turgenev on cleaning shoes with bread crumbs, Flann O'Brien on voracious bicycles, Julio Cortazar on artichokes and time, a midnight snack with Rossini, George Sand sleepwalking into breakfast, Balzac succumbing to the fatal attraction of his coffeepot, Milorad Pavic on bread, or Dickens describing the strangest dining table man has ever known - or become - the reader will be astonished to see food and its rituals in daring new ways.

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& Taylor

Drawing on excerpts from the writings of Balzac, Joyce, McPhee, and Barthes, among others, this collection of essays shares meditations and observations on food, drink, and the art of eating

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 1996.
ISBN: 9780679418610
067941861X
Branch Call Number: 808.882 GOR
Characteristics: viii, 248 p. ; 19 cm.

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