New York. 1988. Harper & Row. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 269 pages. April 1988. hardcover. Jacket design by George Corsillo. Jacket photograph by Georgina Bedrosian. 006015893x. keywords: Literature America. inventory # 9675. FROM THE PUBLISHER-When Eugene Talmadge Biggs leaves rural Georgia to seek his fortune in the wider world, he finds that world at his feet almost too quickly. Eugene, it soon becomes clear, is a boxer of uncommon promise, an athlete of such natural grace, agility, and power that his rise to a championship seems almost unquestioned-until he discovers during a routine match that he has a glass jaw. That jaw is in fact so freakishly vulnerable that Eugene realizes he can punch himself unconscious, a skill that he begins to exploit publicly and that quickly brings him notoriety as The Knockout Artist. Harry Crews's extraordinary new novel is the story of his hero's career in the New Orleans underworld, whose regulars have long since checked their morals at the door, and where success is measured by how many people are under one's control. Set loose in this arena, Eugene becomes a sensation, the perfect victim who decrees his own punishment over and over again. As his fame spreads, he is taken up by a mysterious trainer named Jake, a minion of a perverse tycoon named Oyster Boy; he is taken in as a lover by Charity, an earnest psychology graduate student for whom Eugene is the perfect subject; he finds himself drawn more tightly into the city's poisonous orbit of tawdry sex clubs, fantastic deals, and private parties where every whim is indulged. The day comes, however, when Eugene must confront his self-respect, which arrives in the person of an immensely talented young Cajun fighter-an innocent in whom he recognizes something of what he had once been. When The Knockout-Artist becomes a role he can no longer play, he sets out to claim his freedom, and wins it in an unforgettable climax. THE KNOCKOUT ARTIST is virtuoso Crews-as mordantly funny as it is unflinching in the face of every foible of bedraggled humanity. And, remarkably, it is a story about love as only one of our great writers can present it: often misguided, sometimes destructive, but ultimately the only path toward values that are clear and true.
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