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The infernal desire machines of Doctor Hoffman

Author: Angela Carter
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 1994, ©1972.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Desiderio, an employee of the city under a bizarre reality attack from Doctor Hoffman's mysterious machines, has fallen in love with Albertina, the Doctor's daughter. But Albertina, a beautiful woman made of glass, seems only to appear to him in his dreams. Meeting on his adventures a host of cannibals, centaurs and acrobats, Desiderio must battle against unreality and the warping of time and space to be with her,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Science fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Angela Carter
ISBN: 9780140235197 0140235191
OCLC Number: 31035570
Notes: "First published in Great Britain by Rupert Hart-Davis in 1972; first published in the United States of America under the title The war of dreams by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1973"--Title page verso.
Description: 220 pages ; 20 cm
Other Titles: War of dreams
Responsibility: Angela Carter.

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Desiderio, an employee of the city under a bizarre reality attack from Doctor Hoffman's mysterious machines, has fallen in love with Albertina, the Doctor's daughter. But Albertina, a beautiful woman made of glass, seems only to appear to him in his dreams. Meeting on his adventures a host of cannibals, centaurs and acrobats, Desiderio must battle against unreality and the warping of time and space to be with her, as the Doctor reduces Desiderio's city to a chaotic state of emergency - one ridden with madness, crime and sexual excess. A satirical tale of magic and sex, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman is a dazzling quest for truth, love and identity.

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Boring and pretentious drivel. I tried three times to read this to the end : I only ever managed to struggle to the half-way point, approximately.

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