Songs of Frustrated Lust & Seduction


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I'm sure you know how to! However, for further clarification, Songs of Frustrated Lust & Seduction is written in the tradition of the love-lyric from the Provenšal of Arnaut Daniel ('spot the literary allusions') right up to more provisional modern day graffiti ('filthy scrawls/ fit for public toilet walls'.)

It's a comic homage to that genre, comprising discrete (but indiscreet) pieces, linked thematically & in terms of imagery, in a loose narrative sequence. Each piece is complete in itself & can be read separately, but contributes to & gains from the larger dramatic context.

The (mainly) first-person persona is that of a lust-lorn, ageing adolescent who uses four-, five-, six-, sometimes more-, letter words to express the psychological conflict between libido & superego. Or something.

The book may be considered a quasi-Bildungsroman about coming of age (but not in Samoa), charting an uncertain journey from innocence, or at least inexperience, to a slightly less immature outlook. Perhaps.

It's funny, pathetic & finally moving, in an ironic, faux-na´f manner. This is 'high seriousness' with a sense of humour. Or something. Or other. Make of it what you will.

These brief comments can hardly lay bare the intricacies of such a multi-layered work, but might provide broad guidance. Ultimately, the text speaks for itself. It bears more than one reading. If you can bear it..


Davy King

An Anonymous Critic


This book is published by:

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ISBN: 0-9550199-0-7

Limited Edition only at present

Copies can be seen in the British Library & the 5 other Legal Deposit Libraries


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Also published as a CD-ROM (ISBN: 0-9550199-2-3), consisting of new-fangled, electronic PDF version of printed paper book plus an experimental short video.


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