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City of Night (50th Anniversary Special Edition)


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One of the first modern gay novels written, and certainly the first to explore in explicit and poetic detail the urban underworld of homosexuality and male prostitution, John Rechy's ''City of Night'' had an explosive effect when it was first released in 1963, both in terms of its subject matter and its stylistic innovations, and earned comparisons to Jean Genet and Jack Kerouac.

Rechy's nameless narrator travels and hustles his way through the major US cities of New York, Chicago, LA and New Orleans, meeting a collection of unforgettable characters, from drag queens and criminals to the bedridden Professor and Lance O'Hara, once Hollywood's biggest star. As he searches for something, or someone, to make sense of his desires, motivations and life, the reader is taken on an often harrowing journey through the twilight world that characterized gay existence in the days before gay liberation. The writing, which is poetic and beautifully evocative, movingly portrays with candour and without sentimentality or self-pity, a psychological truth which is not just historical, but still very salient to any gay man. An international best-seller, it is now widely considered not just a gay classic, but also a classic of contemporary literature, and 50 years on, has lost none of its power to move and exhilarate.

This 50th Anniversary special edition includes a brand new afterword written by the author, never-before-seen original marked galley pages and an interview with the author in Vice magazine.

“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...” -James Baldwin

Paperback, 491 Pages, Orig. Publ 1963, This Ed. Publ. 2013

Author: John Rechy

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