You're an Animal, Viskovitz!

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Canongate Books, 2003 - Italian fiction - 146 pages
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A snail with two sexes, a parrot who speaks of love, a dormouse who has erotic dreams, a police dog who's a Buddhist and has a heroin habit, a microbe with an inferiority complex, a chameleon hoping to find himself, a lion in love with a gazelle, a scorpion with the fastest sting in the West . . .

Viskovitz is each of these animals and many more, possessed by their behaviours, their neuroses, their vanities. But it is the human condition with all its highs and lows which is portrayed in these hilarious metamorphoses. At the same time this is a strikingly original love story: the gorgeous and almost-impossible to please Ljuba is the constant object of Viskovitz's desire. Be she a sow, gazelle, intestinal worm . . . there is an animal passion between them that lasts from story to story - without end.

You're an Animal, Viskovitz is a whirlwind of ironic fables, a tour de force of comic inventiveness and intelligence unlike anything that you have read before.

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