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The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman Paperback – March 4, 1986
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Through a surrealistic swirling pattern of images, illusions, allusions and memories, Desiderio, the narrator of the journey, travels through a wild range of cultures and attitudes on his philsophical journey to find Dr. Hoffman, the brilliant scientist whose mental images are slowly destroying any reality of the world. On his journey. Desiderio meets carnival folks, gentle river-dwelling natives, an animalistic whorehouse, a tribe of cannibals (or two), and in the best Swiftian fashion, a tribe of religious centaurs before finally reaching the Doctor's compound.
Through a skillful use of the erotic as philosophy, Carter takes us on a journey that makes us reconsider what our own views of the erotic, the realistic, the profane and the profound are, and how we justify them with every day life.
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The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman is a picaresque novel of sorts, with the hero Desiderio traveling from one bizarre adventure to the next. (Think Gulliver's Travels. Read morePublished 12 months ago by gammyraye
I don't know what to say. Interesting read but didn't work too well for me and I don't know why.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really weird at the begging but great!!! You should read it if you like weird stuff and cool and creepy historiesPublished on October 17, 2013 by Emlio
Intense, immense perspectives using Carter's brilliant imagination and aggressive style. Her commitment to feminism is an undercurrent to this thought provoking sagaPublished on April 17, 2013 by Briggs Alan Charles
--Angela Carter has made of this novel her own infernal desire machine, assembling it from influences one can still easily recognize, including Sade's "Juliette," Lautreamont's... Read morePublished on July 5, 2009 by Mark Nadja
This is the second novel I've read by Angela Carter (the first being The Magic Toyshop) and I have noticed that whenever she makes a reference to a person of Afrikan descent, it is... Read morePublished on July 9, 2007 by Askia Nyere
My friend Susan introduced me to "Heros and Villians" by Angela Carter back when I was 17 or 18. I didn't quite know what to do it. Read morePublished on October 2, 2006 by DL