Tony Duvert (1945–2008)

Teoksen Good Sex Illustrated tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

Good Sex Illustrated (1974) 55 kappaletta
Diary of an Innocent (1976) 54 kappaletta
When Jonathan Died (1978) 28 kappaletta
Paysage de fantaisie (1973) 28 kappaletta
Odd Jobs (2017) 21 kappaletta
District (1978) 20 kappaletta
L'ile atlantique (1979) 20 kappaletta
Recidiva (1976) 13 kappaletta
L'Enfant au masculin (1980) 8 kappaletta
Le Voyageur (1970) 5 kappaletta
Un anneau d'argent à l'oreille (1982) 5 kappaletta
Abécédaire malveillant (1989) 4 kappaletta
Les Petits Métiers (SC) (1978) 3 kappaletta
Interdit de sejour (1971) 3 kappaletta
Portrait d'homme couteau (1978) 2 kappaletta
L'isola atlantica (2000) 1 kappale
Diario De Un Inocente (2014) 1 kappale
Al morir Jonathan (2017) 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing (1995) — Avustaja — 175 kappaletta

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A trip downriver - the Mississippi - but also a trip through time and history with a charming narrator. Unique in my experience this novel is nothing if not a transmogrification of history and the being of a part of America. With several parts of innocence, hypocrisy, and alternate reality the book is an imaginative gem.
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jwhenderson | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 26, 2022 |
Duvert makes an excellent Rousseauist and sexual obsessive, writes with immaculate style, and when it comes to it, is a cutting polemicist. After reading this and District, he has shot up to being one of my favorite writers.

I can't say I share the narrator's predilection, but so much of the book shines through that I have to give it 5 stars. (Also, it's not nearly as edgy as the blurb makes it sound. It's quite a sweet book.)
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schumacherrr | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 21, 2022 |
This book has a smart form, in which Duvert dismantles the moralist arguments of a French sex education text. The sex education texts' proclamations are off putting if not revolting by the standards of today (sex is primarily for procreation, masturbation is pathological, women are overly sensual creatures who are destined to be mothers, all men should be fathers). Duvert delivers sharp jabs at the hypocrisies and prejudices of the text, but takes his distaste even further and argues two points. First, that the familial order is a tool of the oppressive capitalist power structure designed to create children (labor machines) who are diligent and free from useless if not harmful distraction (pleasure). Second, Duvert argues that freeing the sexuality of minors would serve to destabilize capitalist oppression. By this, he means not only that frisky teenagers should be allowed to have sex with each other, but that children should be allowed to engage in sexual play with themselves, other children, and perhaps even adults.

This latter point is shocking, but barely emphasized. That is perhaps good for the overall credibility of the text, being that it makes valid and important arguments that are relevant even today. This lack of emphasis on such a point however calls its validity to question, though many would argue that such an argument is invalid outright in terms of morals and ethics. If the father has ownership over the child, Duvert argues, then we could see cases of familial abuse both violent and sexual as symptomatic of capitalist oppression. Duvert argues, though, that for a child to engage (or be engaged) sexually by a stranger threatens the father's role. I am more inclined to believe that it mirrors it, that it represents a vying for property and a need to dominate. I don't think sexuality between adults and chidren, especially when so many people view children as innocent, can be enacted outside the influence of that capitalist framework. Children are viewed as property not only by family, but by adults at large.

Despite this one shaky and somewhat unsettling argument, the text is well crafted and fires off a barrage of valid points and compelling arguments against the insidious dangers of the liberal "sex education" that apply to the phenomena even as it exists today in France or America or any middle class hub. In revealing sexuality, these liberal educators reveal instead a doctrine that is entrenched in sexism, classism, and moral dogma.
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poetontheone | May 25, 2016 |
The only novel by Tony Duvert presently available in English is in part a pornographic diary of the narrator's sexual exploits with adolescent boys, but it also functions as a critique of the bourgeoisie and an attack on the formulation of the family in modern capitalist society. Duvert's sexual libertinism with boys that are waifs and impoverished hustlers functions as an extreme and outlying model of rebellion against the capitalist machinations of the family that cultivate children as workhorses with the stinging whip of morality. In between blowjobs, rimming, and philosophical diatribes rest memorable descriptions of the subdued beauty of peasant boys and ravaged colonial houses in which the narrator stews and ruminates. This is a difficult and at times unsettling novel, but beneath whatever readers may find unnerving or objectionable is a blistering indictment of heteronormativity, middle class values, and bourgeois hypocrisy.… (lisätietoja)
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