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Take Me To Paris, Johnny

John Foster Peter Craven John Rickard John Rickard



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Text Publishing Company
27 April 2016
Series: Text Classics
Take Me to Paris, Johnny is John Foster's moving yet unsentimental account of the life of his partner, Juan Céspedes. It traces Juan's youth in Cuba and his move to New York, where he struggles to make it as a dancer. There, in 1981 - in 'a chance encounter, much like any other' - he meets John, an Australian historian.

What begins as just a fling becomes a dazzling six-year affair. The two travel between New York, Berlin and Melbourne, struggling with bureaucracy in their quest to gain Juan residency in Australia, then with the disease taking the lives of gay men around the globe. To the end, Juan - 'an exotic bird, the only one of his kind' in Melbourne - is captivating, witty, headstrong.

First published in 1993, not long before John Foster's death, Take Me to Paris, Johnny is brilliant and unflinching, at once controlled and impassioned: a love story told with humour and unerring skill. This edition includes an introduction by Peter Craven and an expanded biographical portrait of the author by John Rickard.
By:   John Foster
Afterword by:   John Rickard, John Rickard
Introduction by:   Peter Craven
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   210g
ISBN:   9781925355345
ISBN 10:   1925355349
Series:   Text Classics
Publication Date:   27 April 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Take Me To Paris, Johnny

'[A] literary masterpiece...Unparalleled in Australian letters...Makes most fiction, here or elsewhere, look paltry by comparison.' Peter Craven, from the Introduction 'A superbly crafted memoir...[A] subtle balance of formality and intimacy, of rationality and passion.' John Rickard, from the Afterword 'Brilliantly accomplished use of language...Few other books documenting this illness rumble and resonate with such sustained power.' Robert Dessaix '[Take Me to Paris, Johnny] reminds us of the complexity of relationships...of the simultaneous strength and fragility of love.' Denis Altman 'A remarkable, beautifully written memoir that captures and preserves the jittery zeitgeist among active gay men moving around the globe in the early '80s.' Gail Bell, Monthly 'Finely written...Foster deftly recounted his cross-colour, cross-class relationship, and brought his lover back to life on the page.' Steve Dow, Age

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