Chum by Mark Spitzer

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An allegorical novel in the French literary tradition, and a compulsive page-turner.

Warning! Chum is a sex-obsessed, scatological, deeply offensive, violent, disturbed, grim, funny, and horrific allegory, peopled by predatory sailors, murderous seahags, disillusioned bargirls, one shipwrecked porn star, and a degenerate legion of mentally retrograde alcoholic hicks and inbred grotesques. Based on an unpublished film treatment by Celine, and rooted in the tradition of Rimbaud, Bataille and Genet, Chum is literary absinthe to satisfy the worldly, and scald the uninitiated.

"Chum is something that Kierkegaard, at his most suicidal moment, would feel right a home with." -Andrei Codrescu

Mark Spitzer is the translator and editor of The Collected Poems of George Bataille (Dufour Editions), and author of Bottom Feeder, a novel (Creative Arts). He has translated works by Celine, Genet, Rimbaud, Cendrars and others. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where is assistant editor for Exquisite Corpse.

 

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Mark Spitzer is a professor of creative writing in the Department of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He has translated books by Jean Genet (THE GENET TRANSLATIONS, Polemic Press), Louis-Ferdinand Celine (THE CHURCH, Green Integer), Arthur Rimbaud (From Absinthe to Abyssinia, Creative Arts), Georges Bataille (The Collected Poems of Georges Bataille, Dufour Editions; Divine Filth, Creation Books) and Blaise Cendrars (Films Without Images, Green Integer). Spitzer's novels include CHUM (Zoland Books), CHODE! (Six Gallery Press), and BOTTOM FEEDER (Creative Arts). He has also published the following nonfiction collections: PROZE ATTACK: SELECTED ESSAYS, REVIEWS, POLEMICS, RANTS AND RED- HEADED STEP-FICTIONS 2004-2010 (Six Gallery Press), Season of the Gar (University of Arkansas Press), Writer in Residence (University of New Orleans Press), AFTER THE ORANGE GLOW (Monkey Puzzle Press), and RIDING THE UNIT (Six Gallery Press). Spitzer has published two volumes of poetry as well. A former editor of the legendary EXQUISITE CORPSE literary franchise, he now edits the literary annual TOAD SUCK REVIEW. Spitzer has starred in the "Alligator Gar" episode of Animal Planet's River Monsters series and is an avid fisherman.
 
Published July 1, 2001 by Zoland Books. 227 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Like all the men on the island, Yann is entranced by the unbelievable April, and Nadine—hired by April for housekeeping duties—plots her revenge.

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Comely, abused island native Nadine (in love with Yann, the best of the fishermen, but obsessed with April), Yann (in love with April's voluminous breasts, but obsessed with Nadine) and April form an uncomfortable love triangle, which ends, predictably, in an explosion of the violence permeating ...

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