CLOSE TO THE KNIVES: A MEMOIR OF DISINTEGRATION by David Wojnarowicz
127 x 197mm, 288 pages, black and white printing, perfect bound, softcover, 2017
Close to the Knives is the artist, writer and activist David Wojnarowicz’s extraordinary memoir. Filthy, beautiful, and sharp to the point of piercing, it is both an exploration of the world seen through the eyes of an artist, and a moving portrait of a generation living, grieving, and dying through the AIDS crisis. It is a triumphant hymn of resistance, and a dizzying celebration of the joys of seeing and living in the world.
“David Wojnarowicz is brilliantly attuned to American talk and responsive to the moods and innovations of society’s truants. He also has the best conscience of any writer I know. This fierce, erotic, haunting, truthful book should be given to every teenager immediately” — DENNIS COOPER
“Everyone should read Close to the Knives to understand the overall political agenda behind suffering … This isn’t just David’s story, it’s our story” — KAREN FINLEY