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Rasmussen, Bjørn - The Skin Is the Elastic Covering That Encases the Entire Body

Rasmussen, Bjørn - The Skin Is the Elastic Covering That Encases the Entire Body

SKU: J656934
$12.95Price
Translated Fiction----June 11, 2019----

What if the only kind of love you understood was one that shattered taboos? What if your very first romance drowned you in a whirlpool of transgression? A coming-of-age novel that is minutely in tune with the hungers of its narrator’s body, The Skin Is the Elastic Covering that Encases the Entire Body defies category. It follows a teenage boy named Bjørn who cuts into his flesh to find relief from his depressed mother and the sexual desires that frighten him. Bjørn begins a sadomasochistic affair with an older man that promises healing, but instead it only harms him further. In a spiraling, desperate search for understanding, Bjørn struggles through grief—and pushes his flesh to its limits.

A feverish combination of stream of conscious, autobiography, collage, and narrative, Skin marks the arrival of a truly original literary voice. Reminiscent of Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, it is as omnivorous as the bodies within it, as unrestrained as the appetites, terrors, and trysts that celebrated author Bjørn Rasmussen evokes in poetic detail. Deeply emotional, erotic, elegiac, and pansexual, it caresses the wounds we visit upon our body and soul in an attempt to serve the urges of our largest organ—the skin that covers and defines us.

Translated from Danish by Martin Aitken

Bjørn Rasmussen was born in 1983 and graduated from the Danish Playwright School in 2007 and from the Danish Writers’ School in 2011. He received the Montana Literary Award in 2011 for The Skin Is the Elastic Covering that Encases the Entire Body, was awarded a three-year work grant from the Danish government in 2013, and received the Kultur Bornholms Literary Award in 2014.
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