Margery Kempe

Robert Gluck (Author) Colm Toibin (Introduction by)
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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
New York Review of Books
Publish Date
March 10, 2020
Pages
192
Dimensions
4.9 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781681374314

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About the Author

Robert Glück is a poet, fiction writer, critic, and editor. With Bruce Boone, he founded the New Narrative movement in San Francisco. His poetry collections include Reader and, with Boone, La Fontaine. His fiction includes the story collection Denny Smith, and the novel Jack the Modernist. Glück edited, with Camille Roy, Mary Berger, and Gail Scott, the anthology Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative, and his collected essays, Communal Nude, appeared in 2016. Glück served as the director of San Francisco State's Poetry Center, co-director of the Small Press Traffic Literary Center, and associate editor at Lapis Press. He lives in San Francisco.

Colm Tóibín is Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. His latest book is Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce.

Reviews

"At once embracing and thwarting two worlds, two centuries, two sensibilities, what a subtle and powerful amalgam is Margery! Gluck's exquisitely controlled, sensuously textured writing evokes a deeply integrated ecstatic vision that in the end spares us nothing--being nuanced and brutal, passionate and colored with levity, elegant and outrageous." --Lydia Davis

"I, for one, find much to admire in contemporary gay authors. One of my favorites is Robert Glück." --Edmund White

"Margery Kempe is a little-known late-twentieth-century classic, counterpoising sexual mores in the wake of the AIDS epidemic with the devastation of the European countryside at the end of the Hundred Years' War. Glück is an acute and unsentimental observer of gestures, botany, skies, and cuisine. He captures the feeling and flow of the late Middle Ages, when 'mobility and chance were beginning, ' and brings that world close to his own. Glück brilliantly locates the (New Narrative) impulse toward first-person narration in time and despair. He observes the turning of centuries. As he writes, 'Margery steps into modernity so empty she needs an autobiography.'" --Chris Kraus, Bookforum

"Glück's most beautiful work of fiction . . . The novel stands alone in Glück's oeuvre, not for its wildness--his lucid, precise descriptions of sex distinguish each of his four volumes of fiction--but for its ambiguity. . . . The sense of sex as the summation of many minds and bodies, deeply personal in origin yet ultimately unmoored from the baggage of individual preference, makes moments in this often disturbing book gleam with the feeling of utopia." --Daniel Felsenthal, The Baffler

"The writing is lovely. With the subtlety of the obvious, Glück collapses the centuries that separate the two storylines and zips up the space between erotic and religious devotion. Margery's orgasms are God-given, a mingling of godhead and maiden, an ecstasy of body and spirit. Aren't most of us as mystified by our sexuality as we are by divinity? Why not consider the former with the awe we reserve for the latter?" --Julia Berick, The Paris Review

"By the bold device of telling two stories in terms of each other (one of Margery Kempe and Jesus, and the other of a twentieth-century love affair), Robert Glück has produced a book without precedent. This novel brings to mind the huge wings of a painted angel--a texture of brilliant richness covered regularly with small, detailed shadows of implication." --Thom Gunn