Friday Staff Pick

Godlike

Richard Hell

(Akashic Books)

“[Hell’s] every move and word reveal a naked, impassioned intelligence in the throes of the only truly rock and roll artistic convulsion.”-Lester Bangs

Godlike, Hell’s second novel, is a stunning achievement, and quite likely his most important work in any medium to date. Combining the grit, wit, and invention of Go Now with the charged lyricism and emotional implosiveness of his groundbreaking music, Godlike is brilliant in form as well as dazzling in its heartwrenching tale of one whose values in life are the values of poetry. Set largely in the early ’70s, but structured as a middle-aged poet’s 1997 notebooks and drafts for a memoir-novel, the book recounts the story of a young man’s affair with a remarkable teenage poet. Godlike is a novel of compelling originality and transcendent beauty.

Picked by Peter

 

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