The Vivisector

The Vivisector

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781436254625
  • 640 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Join J. M. Coetzee and Thomas Keneally in rediscovering Nobel Laureate Patrick White

Hurtle Duffield, a painter, coldly dissects the weaknesses of any and all who enter his circle. His sister’s deformity, a grocer’s moonlight indiscretion, the passionate illusions of the women who love him-all are used as fodder for his art. It is only when Hurtle meets an egocentric adolescent whom he sees as his spiritual child does he experience a deeper, more treacherous emotion in this tour de force of sexual and psychological menace that sheds brutally honest light on the creative experience.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


“One of the great magicians of fiction . . . White’s scope is vast and his invention endless.”
-The Observer (London)
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