Me and the Devil by Nick Tosches
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A raw and blazing novel by "the single, most brain-searingly dangerous man of letters. Read him at your peril." (Anthony Bourdain)

An aging New Yorker, a writer named Nick, feels life ebbing out of him. The world has gone to hell and Nick is so sick of it all that he can't even have a glass of champagne. Then one night he meets a tantalizing young woman who agrees to come back to his apartment. Their encounter is the most strangely extraordinary of his life. Propelled by uncontrollable, primordial desires, he enters a new and unimagined dimension of the forbidden and is filled with a sexual and spiritual ecstasy that is as intense as it is unholy.

Suddenly Nick's senses are alive. He feels strong, unconquerable, beyond all inhibition and earthly morality. He indulges in life's pleasures, pure and perverse, sublime and dangerous, from the delicate flavors of the perfect tomato to the fleshy beauty of a woman's thigh. But Nick's desire to sustain his rapture leads him to a madness and a darkness far greater and dreadful than have ever ridden the demon mares of night.

Writing in a lineage that includes Dante, William S. Burroughs, Charles Bukowski, Hubert Selby, Jr., and Hunter S. Thompson, Nick Tosches may be America's last real literary outlaw-a fearless, uncensorable seeker of our deepest secret truths and desires, from the basest to the most beautiful. Me and the Devil is outrageous, disturbing, and brilliant, a raw and blazing novel truly unlike any other. Like the man said: Read him at your peril.
 

About Nick Tosches

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Nick Tosches is uniquely acquainted with the half-lit New York world in which this novel is set. He is the author of three previous novels, In the Hands of Dante, Cut Numbers, and Trinities. His nonfiction works include Where Dead Voices Gather, The Devil and Sonny Liston, Dino, Power on Earth, Hellfire, Country, and Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll. He lives in New York City.
 
Published December 4, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 393 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nick is prone to longueurs on getting sober (he spends a good deal of time locating a drug that allegedly cures alcoholism), sex, Greek and Latin etymology, Manhattan gentrification and the fate of the publishing industry.

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Throughout, though, what is most remarkable is Tosches's empathy for the fighter derided as ""a bear,"" a ""hoodlum"" and, by the loquacious Ali, as simply ""ugly."" In Tosches's hands, Liston is an unfortunate victim of people much worse than he, and the boxer emerges with a kind of mute dignity...

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Nick is a misanthrope who sees people as “a source of tedium and acid reflux.” With young women, he enjoys rough sex, the kind that draws blood (his pickups like to be raped, bitten, and whipped).

Oct 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Me and the Devil: A Novel

Book Reporter

The most alarming and remarkable thing about Nick Tosches’ latest novel, ME AND THE DEVIL, is that the protagonist --- an aging New York City writer named Nick --- may be an autobiographical version of himself.

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The infamous music biographer may expose too many of his own prejudices in this novel about a man addicted to his young lovers’ blood.

Dec 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Me and the Devil: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

Nick Tosches is best known for penning erudite, bad-behavior-obsessed biographies that often read like novels.

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USA Today

In Nick Tosches' new and brilliantly bizarre novel, the world-weary narrator, named Nick, is an aging, cynical, erudite author, now in his 60s, living in Soho or thereabouts, "in this fallen city, in these fallen days."He is fallen, too.

Dec 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Me and the Devil: A Novel

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Dec 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Me and the Devil: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

In Me and the Devil, Nick Tosches doesn’t quite reach back to the Gothic (though he may reach for the Gnostic, if you want to dig into the seedier details) with his tale of an aging writer--a decrepit Drac of the New York night--who discovers rejuvenation in the femoral blood of his willin...

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Time Out New York

Here’s hoping there’s little in common between the author of Me and the Devil and his narrator, other than that they’re both graying New York writers called Nick (who also both happen to be great friends with Keith Richards).

Dec 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Me and the Devil: A Novel

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Something occurred to me after reading about 70 pages of "Me and the Devil" by Nick Tosches: if a story is poorly conceived and executed, it can be described in its entirety using only one word.

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