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Collapsing distinctions beween novel, memoir and essay, The Aesthetics of Degradation transcends cliches about free expression and the demands of the market to ask: What are the moral and psychological consequences of the mercantilization of abuse?
Adrian Nathan West is a novelist, essayist and translator based in Spain. His works have appeared in numerous journals in print and online, including 3: AM, Words Without Borders, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. He has translated books from German, Catalan, and Spanish, as well as short pieces from Portuguese, French, and Italian, by authors ranging from Josef Winkler to Pere Gimferrer to Enrique Vila-Matas, and has worked with a wide array of publishers both small and large, including NYRB Classics. He is also a contributing editor at the online translation journal Asymptote.
“An exhilarating meditation on the self, thoughts of death, of time and duration, of humiliation and coercion disguised as choice.”