The Marbled Swarm by Dennis Cooper

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Literary cult hero Dennis Cooper delivers his highlyanticipated new novel. Written in a voice that is lush and intricate, TheMarbled Swarm is Dennis Cooper’s most accomplished (and most beguiling)work to date. Cooper tells the story of a man who secretly influences his sonto commit a grisly act. Justin Taylor, author of The Gospel of Anarchy,calls The Marbled Swarm “a mindbendingmasterpiece . . . vivid, slippery, ferocious, and rich with secrets. Nobody elsecould have written this novel and nothing else like it exists.” Cooper,following his collections Smothered in Hugs and Ugly Man, offershis fans the expansive novel they have been waiting for—one that will become atouchstone of outsider literature.

About Dennis Cooper

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Dennis Cooper is the author of the George Miles Cycle, an interconnected sequence of five novels: Closer, Frisk, Try, Guide, and Period. His other works include My Loose Thread; The Sluts, winner of France's Prix Sade and the Lambda Literary Award; God, Jr.; Wrong; The Dream Police; and Ugly Man. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Paris.
Published November 1, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 211 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The narrator of the latest novel by the prolific and profane Cooper (Ugly Man, 2009, etc.) is a wealthy Frenchman who, as the story opens, is purchasing a chateau from a family with some deeply unsettling (if typically Cooper-esque) issues: The owner has been spying on his two sons’ sexually abus...

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Full of peepholes—bodily and architectural—Cooper’s twisting, twisted novel, set in contemporary Parisian lofts and French countryside chateaus, brings to mind the fractured narratives of Alain Robbe-Grillet and the sexual intensity of the Marquis de Sade.

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Book Reporter

My marbled swarm is more of an atonal, fussy bleat --- somewhat marbled yet far too frozen tight and thinned by my loquaciousness to do the swarming it implies.” Patient and careful readers will be rewarded for their diligent attention to the text with a controversial, dazzling and intellig...

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Washington Independent Review of Books

The “marbled swarm” is a language the narrator’s father created, a magical concoction made from aspects of various European languages, none of which can be detected in the narrator’s version, which he calls the “cheap paperback edition.” The narrator says the marbled swarm’s purpose is to control...

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Time Out New York

The reliably transgressive Dennis Cooper's brief and viscerally disturbing new novel is a puzzle in every regard.

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Lit Reactor

There's every chance that I'll keep writing after I write one more novel, but my wish, my ideal is that I will only write one more.

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Persephone Magazine

That is the least fucked up detail the father reveals, but in the interest of not making you shudder too much, let’s just say that he viewed his sons as having “an expiration date.” Happily, the narrator take Serge away in the trunk of his car, and he returns to Paris, intending to alert others ...

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Lambda Literary

Nothing is quite what it seems, however, and before long our narrator – speaking into a garbled, esoteric language of infinite digression (the eponymous “marbled swarm”) – and his Japanese Manga-obsessed brother find themselves more-or-less willing participants in a surreal sexual tetrahedron tha...

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The Coffin Factory

The family of the chateau is a mirror image of the narrator’s family, which is mirrored again in a play – it seems the narrator has been manipulated into acting out the role of a cannibal by his father who once played a similar role in a 70s avant-garde film.

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