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The Mad Man

Or, The Mysteries of Manhattan

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A philosophy student’s research draws him into the sexual underground of 1980s and early nineties New York

John Marr is surprised he doesn’t have AIDS. He has been having near-daily sexual encounters with strange men since before the dawn of HIV, but he remains healthy. His initiation began in the bathroom of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, and since then he has found himself at home in the darkest corners of Manhattan’s culture of anonymous gay sex. During the day, it is a different story, as Marr works on his graduate thesis—an analysis of the work of a brilliant 1970s philosopher who died mysteriously in one of the gay bars of Hell’s Kitchen. As his research and his sex life begin to converge, Marr senses that if AIDS doesn’t get him, something darker will.
The Mad Man, which the author dubbed a “pornotopic fantasy,” is more than a powerful work of philosophical erotica; it is a snapshot of a vanished moment in New York City’s gay history, when fear and lust commingled in a single powerful force.

“More than simple shock or titillation . . . Surprisingly satisfying.” —Publishers Weekly
The Mad Man closely resembles a kinky coupling between The Gold Bug Variations and 120 Days of Sodom.” —The Review of Contemporary Fiction
“For those who want it raunchy and wild . . . [The Mad Man] is destined to become an underground classic.” —Trash
“[Delany is] the most remarkable prose stylist to have emerged from the culture of American science fiction.” —William Gibson
“A sprawling novel of appallingly thrilling sexual excess—whole buildings are trashed in the service of Eros on the rampage. Two parallel stories set in New York City, separated by more than a decade, chronicle the exploits of corresponding and recurring characters, huge men with huge appetites. . . . [The Mad Man] is also a mystery and a surprising love story.” —Black Inches

Samuel R. Delany published his first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, at the age of twenty. Throughout his storied career, he has received four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002. Delany’s works also extend into memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. He is currently a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia, as well as the former director of its graduate creative writing program.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 02, 1996 – The latest novel from Hugo- and Nebula-winning science-fiction writer and critic Delany ( They Fly at Ciron ) reads like a pornographic reflection of Peter Ackroyd's Chatterton or A.S. Byatt's Possession. Precocious philosophy graduate student John Marr becomes increasingly interested in the short life and mysterious death of Timothy Hasler, a brilliant young philosopher murdered years before in New York. As Marr investigates Hasler through the 1980s and early '90s, the details of his life begin to parallel Hasler's, and as his sexual behavior grows more outlandish and extreme, it seems he's on a track that will inevitably follow the philosopher's descent into primal perversion and death. Marr muses on Hasler's life and thought, and on his own sexual habits and interests (including the lengthening shadow of AIDS), but the novel is dominated by graphic depictions of the graduate student's grungy sexual adventures (frequently involving excrement). The pornographic element, while overwhelming, becomes more than simple shock or titillation, though, as Delany develops an insightful dichotomy between Marr's two worlds: the one of cerebral philosophy and dry academia, the other of heedless, ``impersonal'' obsessive sexual extremism. When these worlds finally collide and Marr emerges more balanced and content, the novel achieves a surprisingly satisfying resolution--though the faint of heart or stomach will have fled long before.
The Mad Man
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  • Category: Erotica
  • Published: Jun 02, 2015
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 507 Pages
  • Language: English
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