The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

by Angela Carter


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The transformation of Desiderio's city into a mysterious kingdom is instantaneous: Hallucination flows with magical speed in every brain; avenues and plazas are suddenly as fertile as fairy-book forests. And the evil comes, too, as imaginary massacres fill the streets with blood, the dead return to question the living, and profound anxiety drives hundreds to suicide.

Behind it all stands Doctor Hoffman, whose gigantic generators crack the immutable surfaces of time and space and plunge civilization into a world without the chains – or structures – of reason. Only Desiderio, immune to mirages and fantasy, can defeat him. But Desiderio's battle will take him to the very brink of undeniable, irresistible desire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140235197
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1986
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Angela Carter (1940 -1992) wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story. She won numerous literary awards, traveled and taught widely in the United States, and lived in London.

Table of Contents

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor HoffmanIntroduction
1. The City Under Siege
2. The Mansion of Midnight
3. The River People
4. The Acrobats of Desire
5. The Erotic Traveller
6. The Coast of Africa
7. Lost in Nebulous Time
8. The Castle

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"Angela Carter may well be the best British writer of her generation."

"Combines exquisite craft win an apparently boundless reach."
—Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan

Combines exquisite craft with an apparently boundless reach.

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The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
StellaSandberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Angela Carter, but I don't think this is one of her better novels. I can definitely see why it's not among her most widely read. It has a lot of good ideas but that's the problem - it's essentially a vehicle for ideas and the quite dry, detached and summarizing way it's narrated doesn't make those ideas come alive as fiction. The plot and characters are essentially unengaging (which I think is done on purpose), though "interesting". It feels like this has sprung out of Carter's fascination with de Sade - some kind of feminist critique/rewriting that's nevertheless follows quite closely in the marquis' (horribly dull, I'm afraid) footsteps. This should have been an essay - or several - on the relations between language/fantasy/reality. As such I'm sure it would have come alive with lots of juicy examples, as fiction, they're not juicy or fleshed-out enough.
arouse77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was too big for its britches and fundamentally ill-suited to being a novel. the whole underlying notion is interesting, but seems to require a visual component to give it the heft the author tries to afford it with words unnecessarily long and cumbersome.
g33kgrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Angela Carter is often cited as a very well-thought of and influential author. I can see the technical mastery of her writing but I just can't enjoy it very much myself. It is just too dense and too unenjoyable for me. A lot of very bad things happen and no good things, and most of the people are pretty terrible. The general idea of a war against reality is very intriguing, and I wish I could have enjoyed it more than I did.
markscarlet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book is truly masterful - such inventive swoops of the imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago