Me And The Devil (Hardcover)
|Author: Nick Tosches|
|An aging New Yorker, a writer named Nick, feels life ebbing out of him. One night, at a dimly lit bar, he meets a tantalizing young woman, and the night that follows is the most extraordinary of his life. Propelled by uncontrollable, primordial desires, he tastes human blood for the first time and is filled with a sexual and spiritual ecstasy.|
From the Publisher:
Nick Tosches feels life ebbing out of him. He wanders New York City's streets and alleys, immersing himself in the crowd, eventually retreating to a dimly lit bar. There, in the gloom, he meets a tantalizing young woman, and the night that follows is unlike anything he has ever experienced. Propelled by uncontrollable, primordial desires, he tastes human blood for the first time and is filled with a sexual and spiritual ecstasy.
The revival quickly fades, and soon Nick is yearning for another taste of the elusive rapture. There follows a descent into madness and a darkness beyond any darkness he has ever imagined, culminating in a revelation beyond all darkness and all light as well. With his vast knowledge of ancient wisdom, Nick Tosches has written a beautiful and daring novel about man's forbidden desires and attraction to the mysteries of life, death, and eternity.
Nick Tosches is the writer of authoritative music biographies like DINO: LIVING HIGH IN THE DIRTY BUSINESS OF DREAMS and COUNTRY, as well as novels like TRINITIES and IN THE HAND OF DANTE. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1949, Tosches spent his teenage years in various occupations (he alleges he was both a paste-up artist for an underwear company and a snake-hunter for the Miami Aquarium), mostly centered around his father's bar business. He later worked for the cutting edge late-'60s music publications Creem and Fusion. His book HELLFIRE, the biography of rock & roll star Jerry Lewis, is widely considered to be one of the best of the genre, while DINO, his biography of Dean Martin, broke new ground in its atmospheric depictions of the crooner's life and times. Tosches was a fixture on the downtown Manhattan music and social scene during the '70s and '80s, but the onset of diabetes contributed to a more reflective period in the 1990s, during which he studied Latin in order to better research his book IN THE HAND OF DANTE, a finely imagined, often brutal, multi-layered conflation of the Middle Ages with contemporary New York City. Tosches has also been a contributing editor of Vanity Fair, while his poetry has been published in magazines like Lowest Common Denominator and Open City. It has also been released on CD, together with that of the author of LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, Hubert Selby, Jr., with whom Tosches collaborated extensively before Selby's death in 2004.