Auteur: Home, Stewart
In "Cunt", Stewart Home attempts to shed his reputation for homoerotic skinhead violence. The main character has hair, is revoltingly straight, and doesn't beat anybody up. The literary technique is familiar from past Home novels -- a collage of "lowbrow" fictional stereotypes, disorientatingly juxtaposed with "highbrow" political theory. This time, the main cliches in the mix are heterosexual pornography and the phallic cult of the Great Writer. Like Home himself, the main character is a well-known English novelist possessed of Marxist politics and an inexplicable love of Finland -- Home appears to be deconstructing his own public image. Nobody could want to identify himself with "pathological sadist" David Kelso, and yet this seems to be precisely what Home is doing. The critique of celebrity through paradoxical acts of self-publicity has long been a concern for Home -- it's interesting to see it carried to such extremes here. The sheer monotony with which he catalogues Kelso's sexual exesses invites the reader to skip whole pages at a time -- it quickly becomes apparent that the sex scenes are wholly interchangeable, like the sexual violence scenes of Bret Easton Ellis's intellectually inferior "American Psycho". This is the opposite of pornography, and deserves far greater discussion than it has yet recieved.
1999, 182 pag., Euro 12,65
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