The Way It Works with Women by Louis Calaferte

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The Way It Works with Women is a brutal and relentless exploration of the dark side of desire. Shocking yet poetic, the novel is composed of bits of dialogue: outbursts and exchanges spoken in the night and expressing naked physical and psychological yearning; murmurs of fragmentary declarations spoken in deserted doorways and dark hotel rooms. The women of the title - young and old, licentious and inhibited, awkward and uncouth, yet full of grace and innocence - bare their souls to a lone attentive man, a man whose very passivity underscores the strange and powerful freedom derived from their harsh confessions. With its underpinnings in religious mysticism, Calaferte's erotic excess - sometimes lyrical, often crude, always thought provoking - explores the fear and the vulnerability that seize man in the face of the infinite. And it is this excess that makes The Way It Works with Women such a forceful mediation on the myriad contradictions of the human spirit.
 

About Louis Calaferte

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Calaferte was born in Turin. He was a playwright, Poet, and writer of prose
 
Published September 16, 1998 by Marlboro Press. 143 pages
Genres: Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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0-8101-6033-1): The first of Calaferte’s many novels to be translated into English, this offensively explicit short tale, originally published in 1992, is an anatomy, so to speak, of its unnamed narrator’s experiences with equally anonymous, sexually compliant women (and that’s putting it mildly).

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My husband is hopeless!"" The male narrator's bland observations (""The swollen breasts that with a mechanical gesture she lifts out of her brassiere"") are redeemed from dirty-old-man prurience by the touching details he reveals through the women's desperately heartfelt confessions of childhood ...

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