Title: Memoirs of a Venus Lackey
Author: Derek Marlowe
Publication Year: 1968
Publisher: The Viking Press
Format: Hard Cover/Dust Jacket
Special Attributes: First Edition
Used Condition: tight binding, clean text, no marks, not price clipped, not ex-library
Description on dust jacket:
Confected by a protagonist who is probably mad and is certainly dead, this glistering novel is a jigsaw puzzle of which at least one piece is irrevocably lost. First there is the boy hopelessly in lust-love on a sacred Adriatic island while his father dies too slowly in a crepuscular grand hotel. Then there is the boy-no-more cruelly betrayed by the girl and his own valet, his sole consolation a crucifix clutched convulsively to his chest. The menage a trois must end badly; it ends disastrously.
The boy becomes man, doomed to love one lost girl and equally doomed to be the lover of hundreds. His surrealistic search careens wildly from the Continent to Beverly Hills, San Francisco, New York. It, too, must end badly, a fact of which Malmedy (for that may well be the narrator's name) is savagely aware.
Derek Marlow has produced an astonishing tour de force: a contemporary parable with Wildean inflection. His writing is as hard and cold and brilliant as a perfect ruby. His juxtaposition of burning religious fervor with bestial carnality makes for some startling effects and, paradoxically, for some remarkably close-shaven wit.
These intensely personal confessions are singularly eccentric, but they have about them the ring of a larger, if blacker, truth about the sometimes spastic nature of love.