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My Amputations
by Clarence Major
introduction by W. Lawrence Hogue
University of Alabama Press, 2008
eISBN: 978-1-57366-838-5 | Paper: 978-1-57366-143-0
Library of Congress Classification PS3563.A39M9 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54


Originally published in 1986, this new edition returns to print a classic, influential work of American fiction. 

"My Amputations, Clarence Major's fifth novel, is an explosively rich book about a man pursued by his shadow. Its protagonist is either a desperate ex-con who has become convinced that he is an important American novelist or a desperate American novelist who has become convinced that he—and most of what passes for literary life on three continents—is a con. Clarence Major has split the difference between Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Herman Melville's The Confidence Man to produce this dark, funny tale about the great American hustle."
—Denise Levertov, Robert Haas, Jonathan Galassi, Sandra Cisneros (Jurors, Western States Arts Foundation, 1986 Western States Book Award for Fiction)

"My Amputationsis a provocative advance in contemporary American writing. This novel should do much to make the name Clarence Major a byword among aficionados of adventurous fiction everywhere."
—The Washington Post Book World

"My Amputations is a feat of wizardry, a book possessed by freewheeling abandon."
—Chicago Tribune


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