Dermaphoria

Bailed out of jail and holed up in a low rent motel, amnesiac Eric Ashworth s only memory is a woman s name Desiree With steadily increasing doses of a strange new hallucinogen, Eric finds that the drug allows him to reassemble his past in broken fragments But as he begins to lose touch with the present, his distinction between truth and fantasy begins to crumble, creatBailed out of jail and holed up in a low rent motel, amnesiac Eric Ashworth s only memory is a woman s name Desiree With steadily increasing doses of a strange new hallucinogen, Eric finds that the drug allows him to reassemble his past in broken fragments But as he begins to lose touch with the present, his distinction between truth and fantasy begins to crumble, creating a world where divisions between love and loss, violence and tenderness, and fact and fiction are less discernible than they ought to be.
Dermaphoria Bailed out of jail and holed up in a low rent motel amnesiac Eric Ashworth s only memory is a woman s name Desiree With steadily increasing doses of a strange new hallucinogen Eric finds that the dr

  • Title: Dermaphoria
  • Author: Craig Clevenger
  • ISBN: 9781596921023
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Dermaphoria”

    1. I love this man's writing. The words so poetic and the story unfolds like a bad dream, and you get the workings of a man who suffers from amnesia and is starting to get his memory back in chunks, but you can't be certain if any of those flashes are true. Very abstract, like Memento meets Breaking Bad.

    2. سلسلة أفلام الغراب صور المانجا التي تُظهر جثة في احد الشوارع الخلفية أغاني الهافي ميتل وجون بون جوفي حين يقوم بطلاء أظافره باللون الاسود فيلم قبيح نسيت اسمه لصديقة جستن بيبر الاولى التي نسيت اسمها كذلك هل تعرف تلك الأجواء ؟! هذه هي الأجواء القبيحة لقصة (ديمافوريا) عالم المخ [...]

    3. "رواية مجنونة ،، تشبه الرواية الأخرى التي ترجمها أحمد خالد توفيق " نادي القتال والواضح أنه اختار لنفسه أن يترجم الروايات النفسية المعقدة ،، والتي تصعب ترجمتهاالرواية خليط من هلوسة تحت تأثير المخدرات وجنون البارانويا وضباب الذاكرة المفقودةالرواية صعبة في بدايتها ،، أنا ضعت [...]

    4. لا بأس بها شريطة أن تقرأها دون ان تقطع قراءتك لفترة طويلةبدأتها ثم تركتها لثلاثة أسابيع أو شهر تقريبا قبل أن أعود إليها، مما جعلني أنسى الأحداث، المبعثرة أصلا، فلا استطيع استجماع الأفكار المفككة أو الشخصيات ، على قلتها الفصل الأخير يجمع كل القطع الناقصة ويصل إلى مرحلة التنو [...]

    5. رواية من الادب الامريكي المعاصر عنوان غريب كما فككه المترجم للدلالة على عالم الرواية المخدرات وتصنيعها وتعاطيها ونتائجها .البطل الغريب فاقد الذاكرة المطارد من الشرطة ومموليه مريدي درة انتاجه ألاعيب الذاكرة وهلاوس التعاطي ورحلته للماضي للتذكر وخليط من البارانويا والتسام [...]

    6. Read this book twice now. Clevenger has, with two slim books, become my favorite author, most enjoyable, creative, researched. No negatives, this book'll knock you on your ass.

    7. I was going to start this review by comparing Clevenger's writing to that of Chuck Palahniuk and Will Christopher Baer. He's got the pace and acerbic plot-mind of one and the visceral, dizzying prose of the other. Then I flipped to the acknowledgements, and there, on the second paragraph, Clevenger thanks them both. "Well, no wonder," I thought. Fans of either (or both) Palahniuk and Baer are bound to love "Dermaphoria."Clevenger starts with a classic (and almost trite) premise: a man wakes up i [...]

    8. أجرؤ إني أقول إنها رواية كابوسية صعبة جدا في فهمها وأنصح أي حد يحب يقرأها يقرأ النص الأصلي بالإنجليزي مليانة آلام آلام ذكريات وآلام حب وآلام فقدان ذكريات وآلام بارانويا رحلة البحث عن الحقيقة وماهيتها اللي خلت البطل في النهاية ينتحر جنود السماء ترمز للعاصفة بس دي العاصفة الل [...]

    9. الشيطان ليس سوى ملاك اراد المزيد !هذه هي الرسالة التي يريد الكاتب ان يوصلها خلال احداث متتضاربة بين الواقع والهلوسه , بين الذكريات الحقيقية والأحلام , يغوص بك الكاتب في عالم المخدرات من مدخل مختلف , فيسرب اليك كل المشاعر والأحاسيس المتملكة في شخصية البطل , بأسلوب سلس وعميق في [...]

    10. (The much longer full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter:].)Okay, I confess: that of all the different types of underground artists out there, I have a particular affinity for the weird quiet ones on the edge of every scene, who frequently engage in cutting-edge experiments just for the sake of engaging in them. For example, when I was involved with the performance-poetry community of the 1990s, I tended to spend a lot of time with the people wh [...]

    11. Ok, where do i start? Well, this story feels upside down. The writing is crazy like the main character. It feels like a movie more than a novel, the scenes are described vividly. The craziness in the novel comes from Eric the main character, who starts the story with memory loss, and in trial for creating drugs. He seemed to be a very good chemist for his drugs left the city needing more. His memory loss came from being brain dead for eight minutes after overdosing which rendered him in the stat [...]

    12. Do you like Breaking Bad?If yes, then read this book, as it is more or less a whole season of breaking bad that was never filmed. Perhaps intentionally perhaps unintentionally. Despite it being a clear parallel there are certain paragraphs in this book that make you smarter for reading them, they make you more interesting, they are instantly copy and highlighted and you hope to say something similar at some point in your life.There are moments in this okay story where the writing is so pure it m [...]

    13. Craig Clevenger is a brilliant writer, and I'm quite excited to read a great follow-up to "The Contortionist's Handbook". "Dermaphoria" just wasn't that "great follow-up"; a fellow reviewer remarked that this book was a classic example of "the sophomore slump", and I'd have to agree."Dermaphoria" doesn't break any new ground; it's almost a carbon copy of "Contortionist's". The protagonist in this one is an intelligent chemist who creates a Wonderdrug called "Derma" and gets high on his own suppl [...]

    14. للأسف على الرغم من ترجمة دكتور أحمد خالد توفيق الرائعة إلا أن اختلاف الألفاظ بين اللغتين جعل الهوة ساحقة بين ما يود الكتاب قوله وبين ما نفهمه نحن هناك لعبة لفظية استخدمها المؤلف وهى كلمة Bugs والتي تعني البق وتعني أجهزة التنصت أيضا تشابك المعنيني له أهمية كبرى في سياق السرد حي [...]

    15. اغرب رواية قريتها تتجنن وانت بتحاول تفهمها. مكتوبة بطريقة مختلفة والكاتب يحسبله انه كاتبها على لسان البطل من وجهة نظر تجار المخدرات فعلاً. طرق وأساليب عالم المجرم الكيميائي مقنعة. النهاية جيدة. مقريتش الرواية الأصلية لكن الترجمة مش احسن حاجة اعتقد. مش سيئة بس مش حلوة.

    16. Just finished reading this book about 20 minutes ago. I have read Craig Clevenger's first novel, "The Contortionist's Handbook" as well and enjoyed them both. I think that "Dermaphoria" was even better than "Contortionist's" though, which is a good thing because as a writer, you always want to be improving.What I most enjoyed about this story were 1) the great sensitivity of the main character; 2) the brilliant & concise writing style and 3) Clevenger's mastery of metaphorical writing, which [...]

    17. Good book overall. Hard to follow the fractured "psychedelic" narrative structure at times, though the author makes a heroic attempt to experiment with the very structure of how a story can be told. Clevenger skillfully captures the splintered paranoia of the psychedelic experience. The plot could be described as one long "bad trip" as seen through the eyes of the book's antihero/protagonist Eric; a nightmarish dreamscape rife with legions of insectoid spies working for "them", nefarious silent [...]

    18. رواية سخيفة. بخلاف أسلوب السرد المعقد لم أجد فيها أي تميز يدفع الدكتور أحمد خالد توفيق لاعتبارها مستحقة للترجمة. المفروض أنها تحولت لفيلم سينمائي سيعرض قريباً، لو أن المخرج متمكن فقد يكون الفيلم أفضل حالا من الرواية، فهي فقد ذكرتني في بعض المواضع بفيلم Memento سيناريو وإخراج ك [...]

    19. Craig Clevenger is a brilliant writer, and I'm quite excited to read a great follow-up to "The Contortionist's Handbook". "Dermaphoria" just wasn't that "great follow-up"; a fellow reviewer remarked that this book was a classic example of "the sophomore slump", and I'd have to agree."Dermaphoria" doesn't break any new ground; it's almost a carbon copy of "Contortionist's". The protagonist in this one is an intelligent chemist who creates a Wonderdrug called "Derma" and gets high on his own suppl [...]

    20. Quite a fragmented narrative, which is intentional due to the main characters memory loss, but still makes for a difficuly read at times.The story is a little familiar, maybe even cliched, the guy who can't remember what he's done, and finds out it's worse than he thinks. Some good bits but a lot of jarring moments. Every time it gets going (and it gets in a cool groove quite often) it suddenly cuts back to some nonsensical 'drugs make you think weird thoughts' schtick.The paranoia and bits wher [...]

    21. اشتريت ديرمافوريا وانا اظن انها من تأليف د. احمد خالد توفيق, لاكتشف انها مترجمةشككت كثيرا خلال قراءتي انها من ترجمة د احمد, لانها كانت ترجمة حرفية دمرت المعاني تماما, فقدت في اغلب الوقت سياق القصة ولولا معرفتي ببعض اصطلاحات الانجليزية لما تمكنني توقع ما يعنيه المؤلف من بعض ال [...]

    22. 3.5 stars if I could. For those not familiar with Clevenger, his first book "The Contortionist's Handbook" became somewhat of an underground sleeper hit in 2003. I gave that 4 stars, so liked that a bit better than this one, as it made me think more, and had more of a psychological aspect to it. Clevenger is a writer similar to Chuck Palahniuk and Will Christopher Baer - if you like either of these authors you'll probably like Clevenger. The book description gives a precise summary that tells t [...]

    23. رواية غريبة جدا للاسف لم استمتع بيها علي الاطلاق قرأتها فقط لانها ترجمة د.أحمد خالد توفيق اعتقد انه عاني علشان يترجمهااغلب الرواية هلسوة مجنونة للبطل القصة كويسة - بس بالكتير تسمع ملخصها- انما تقراها بالشكل ده مختلطة بالهلوسة دي لاااااا !!

    24. His second book, such rich sensations, a powerful, riveting story, and the questioning of reality abounds. A fantastic read.

    25. This book started with so much promise. There are some fantastic quotes in it, but in the end the prose to convey the drug overwhelmed the narrative.And that narrative just wasn't all that good. It was wrought with tropes, pointless inclusions, derivative metaphors of God and angels and devil's and the like. And don't get me wrong, some of those were good, but the end result was being overwhelmed in something that amounted to being fairly monochrome.This is a poor man's Palahniuk spliced with a [...]

    26. To describe Dermaphoria in the simplest, pop culture references, the story is like Walter White from Breaking Bad starring in a sequel of Memento.Now that that’s over…About a year ago, I decided my fiancé and I needed to be better versed on each other’s favorites. I wanted to see, eat, watch and most of all read what she loved. I made her a list of all the great experiences of my life, from the post-modern section of the DIA to Scarlett Thomas’ bewitching novel The End of Mr. Y. Then I [...]

    27. Strange-weirdness, my favorite cocktail, but this one didn't have enough punch even with it's slim length. The novel starts out promising but than quickly becomes repetitive. I started out thinking I would love this novel, it has paranoia, drugs, colorful characters, and is written beautifully, but as soon as I hit the mid-way point I felt detached. I respected what this novel was trying to accomplish more than I enjoyed it.

    28. There's some talent here, but too much Palahniuk-Momento-Hunter S.-tripped out diatribe for an interesting story. If you shave off the outer veneer of curiosity and pseudo-mystery, you're not left with much. Clevenger writes well, but the story doesn't really carry; I was left wondering what value I obtained from reading, though my college self would think I was being old.

    29. Dermaphoria feels like a fevered, abstract nightmare. It is gritty, wholly paranoid, and inescapable. Author Craig Clevenger proves himself a master of prose. His words conjure an experience rather than a story, each returning memory of Ashworth overwhelming the senses like few books can. There is no putting it down.

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