Love in a Dead Language

Siegel Lee
"Love in a Dead Language" is a love story, a translation of an Indian sex manual, an erotic farce, and a murder mystery. The hero of this protean comedy is a professor and scholar of Indian studies who laments having never made love to an Indian woman. In his attempt to make this desire a reality, he is murdered. This novel exposes the complicities between the carnal and the intellectual, the erotic and the exotic, the false and the true. 40 line drawings.
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Love in a Dead Language is a love story, a translation of an Indian sex manual, an erotic farce, and a murder mystery rolled into one. Enticing the reader to follow both victims and celebrants of romantic love on their hypertextual voyage of folly and lust-through movie posters, upside-down pages, the Kamasutra: Game of Love board game, and even a proposed CD-ROM, Love in a Dead Language exposes the complicities between the carnal and the intellectual, the erotic and the exotic and, in the end, is an outrageous operatic portrayal of romantic love.

Rare is the book that makes one stop and wonder: Is this a literary masterpiece or do I need my head examined? But such is the alternately awe-inspiring and goofy thrall cast by Lee Siegel's Love in a Dead Language. . . . His work stands out as a book that is not simply a novel but its own genus of rollicking, narrative scholarship . . . it is just the cerebral aphrodisiac we need. --Carol Lloyd, Salon

Immensely clever and libidinously hilarious. . . . [T]he most astonishing thing about Love in a Dead Language is its ingenious construction. Insofar as any printed volume can lay claim to being a multimedia work, this book earns that distinction. --Paul di Filippo, Washington Post Book World

Now along comes Lee Siegel, who mixes a bit of Borges with some Nabokov and then adds an erotic gloss from the Kama Sutra to write Love in a Dead Language, a witty, bawdy, language-rich farce of academic life. . . . Whether it is post-modern or not, Love in a Dead Language is pulled off with such unhinged élan by Mr. Siegel that it is also plain good fun, a clever, literate satire in which almost everything is both travestied and, strangely, loved by its author. --Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

Love in a Dead Language deserves space on the short, high shelf of literary wonders. --Tom LeClair, New York Times Book Review

1999 New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226756971
ISBN-13 9780226756974
GTIN-13 9780226756974
GTIN-14 09780226756974
Author Siegel Lee
Edition 2
Language Code eng
Page Count 408
Publication Date May 14, 1999
Dimension 6.34 in 9.28 in 1.13 in