Haunts of the Black Masseur
A new re-issue of the cult swimming classic, a beautiful read filled with detailed description and powerful prose.
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY AMY LIPTROT
'A luminously romantic history of swimming' Guardian
Haunts of the Black Masseur is a dazzling introduction to the great swimming heroes, from Byron leaping into the surf at Shelley's funeral to Hart Crane diving to his death in the Bay of Mexico. Bursting with anecdotes, Charles Sprawson leads us into a watery world populated by lithe demi-gods - a world that has obsessed humans from the ancient Greeks and Romans, to Yeats, Woolf, Fitzgerald and Hockney.
Original, enticing and dripping with references to literature, film, art and Olympic history, this cult swimming classic pays sparkling tribute to water and the cultural meanings we attach to it.
'This splendid and wholly original book is as zestful as a plunge in champagne' Iris Murdoch
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HAUNTS OF THE BLACK MASSEUR: The Swimmer as HeroUser Review - Kirkus
One of the strangest and most stylish books of the year: a cultural history of swimming, by a dealer in 19th-century paintings. Sprawson learned to swim as a boy in India, at a school where his ... Read full review
Haunts of the Black Masseur: the swimmer as heroUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In this poor execution of an intriguing idea, Sprawson, an art dealer who is himself an avid swimmer, attempts to explore swimming and swimmers from both a literary and cultural viewpoint. He quotes ... Read full review