Krazy Kat

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 2, 2011 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Krazy Kat adores Ignatz Mouse. She sees the bricks he hurls at her head as tokens of love, and each day Ignatz arranges a cunningly different method of delivery for his missile. But when Ignatz and Krazy witness the mega-brick explosion in the desert, Krazy becomes depressed, and refuses to perform. To coax her back to work so they can regain their lost limelight, Ignatz invents his own brand of psychotherapy, orchestrates her kidnapping, and tries to seduce Krazy with promises of stardom from a Hollywood producer. As the mouse confronts the Kat with bewildering new concepts like sex, death, and politics, Ignatz and Krazy begin yearning to become round, for a fullness of body and spirit beyond their two-dimensional realm.

Forming an altogether witty and winning counterpoint to George Herriman’s classic comic strip, Jay Cantor’s kinetic novel has become a classic in its own right, one of those masterpieces that creates its own unforgettable universe.

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Krazy Kat: a novel in five panels

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Cantor's first novel ( The Death of Che Guevara , LJ 11/1/83), was a powerfully imagined portrait of the Latin American revolutionary. Here, he shifts gears, using George Herriman's old comic ... Read full review

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One of the strangest novels I've ever read, a dreadful view of the nuclear age glimpsed through the eyes of the comic strip cat. Read full review

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Jay Cantor is the author of two other novels, The Death of Che Guevara and Great Neck, and two books of essays, The Space Between: Literature and Politics and On Giving Birth to One’s Own Mother. A MacArthur Prize fellow, Cantor teaches at Tufts University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife Melinda Marble, and their daughter, Grace.

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