Enhanced and Revised Edition
Sales Date: 2013-04-01
224 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
A race for the stolen phallus of a nameless god
Phallos is a 2004 novel by the acclaimed novelist and critic Samuel R. Delany. Taking the form of a gay pornographic novella, with the explicit sex omitted, Phallos is set during the reign of the second-century Roman emperor Hadrian, and circles around the historical account of the murder of the emperor's favorite, Antinous. The story moves from Syracuse to Egypt, from the Pillars of Hercules to Rome, from Athens to Byzantium, and back. Young Neoptolomus searches after the stolen phallus of the nameless god of Hermopolis, crafted of gold and encrusted with jewels, within which are reputedly the ancient secrets of science and society that will lead to power, knowledge, and wealth. Vivid and clever, the original novella has been expanded by nearly a third. Appended to the text are an afterword by Robert F. Reid-Pharr and three astute speculative essays by Steven Shaviro, Kenneth R. James, and Darieck Scott.
"An important work of literature by one of the most consequential novelists of our time."~Carl Freedman, author of The Age of Nixon
"This edition of Phallos returns to print a novella exemplary of Delany's mature aesthetic. The accompanying essays' detailed exegesis works beautifully in tandem with the experience of reading it, extending the pleasure."~Tavia Nyong'o, New York University, author of The Amalgamation Waltz