The Plumber of Souls by Michael Guinzburg

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No one talks about the dirty work. But when the human soul begins to rot and fester, when the spiritual pipes get clogged with guilt and horror — that’s when you call the Plumber of Souls. Michael Guinzburg’s new novel, published to acclaim in France, occupies the same spiritual terrain as Rabelais and Henry Miller but with peculiar twists. Obsessed with cheeseburgers, haunted by a childhood of abuse, armed with a rapier wit, and driven by an appetite for pleasure, the Plumber of Souls travels the sewers of Paris, mad cow–infested Britain, Cuba, and New Mexico in his quest to right the world’s wrongs. The perverse and the picaresque mingle in this novel by a “great tragicomic voice.” -- The Philadelphia Inquirer “A great book. The hardest, purest American prose since Faulkner’s Sanctuary.” — Terry Southern

About Michael Guinzburg

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Ginzburg is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter.
Published May 13, 2004 by Da Capo Press. 360 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the second account (“The Billionth Burger”), the young heiress to an Anglo-Italian meatpacking fortune confesses the strange circumstances (involving Hindus) by which her family loosed Mad Cow disease upon the world.

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A sort of ""human enema"" who ""flush[es] the waste from the system,"" the titular protagonist of Michael Guinzburg's The Plumber of Souls is an enforcer for the Catholic Church, plying his trade in a darkly funny world of grotesque transgressions.

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