RUDOLF by Marian Pankowski


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 Rudolf ($39.95, paper $14.95; Nov. 1996; 128 pp.; 0-8101-1417- 8, paper 0-8101-1418-6): A thin and really rather annoying Polish novel, originally published in 1980, whose narrator indulges homosexual daydreams and fantasies while exchanging memories and debating the nature of the epicurean sensibility with his counterpart, an elderly German pursuer (and exploiter) of beautiful boys. The political dimensions of their phlegmatic rejection of conventional behavior are, here and there, suggested, but both the novel's strength (its Gide-like delicacy and robust erotic candor) and its cloying hothouse tone derive almost entirely from its steadfastly maintained amorality.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-8101-1417-8
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Northwestern Univ.
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1996