me and the devil

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An aging New Yorker, a writer named Nick, feels life ebbing out of him. One night, at a dimly lit bar, he meets a tantalizing young woman, and the night that follows is the most extraordinary of his life. Propelled by uncontrollable, primordial desires, he tastes human blood for the first time and is filled with a sexual and spiritual ecstasy.

His revival quickly fades, and soon Nick is yearning for another taste of the elusive rapture. There follows a descent into madness and unimaginable hell, and a pursuit of otherworldly revelation.

With his vast knowledge of ancient wisdom, Nick Tosches has written a raw and blazing story that tracks from our darkest desires to the most sublime quests for beauty and truth. Outrageous, disturbing, and brilliant, ME AND THE DEVIL is a novel unlike any other.



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“This is the best, from one of the best writers around. Nick Tosches knows the devil as well as any man has.”
—Keith Richards

“Brilliantly bizarre!”
USA Today

“Words and wisdom that I shall carry with me into the fucking dirt.”
—Johnny Depp

"Another chapter in Tosches’s unflinchingly perverse literary output.”
The New Yorker

"If there was ever any doubt that Nick Tosches is the Dark Prince of literary fiction, ME AND THE DEVIL should settle the matter. The single, most brain-searingly dangerous man of letters. Read him at your peril.”
—Anthony Bourdain

“Nick Tosches’s book is dangerous, dark sexy, beautiful, full of life, bursting with desires.”
 —John Turturro

“Nick Tosches has created an erotic asphalt odyssey that takes him on a subcutaneous awakening, drifting through a world of hallucinations, dark secrets and dangerous desires.”
—Peter Wolf

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opening lines

“The past is a very bad place.”

[Me and the Devil, 2012]
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“The corpse was rolled over and lay face down on the metal slab.”

[The Devil and Sonny Liston, 2000]
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Unsung Heroes of Rock N Roll,
“This book will not increase the size of your penis.”

[Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll, 1984]
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King of the Jews
“Once upon a time, when New York City lived and breathed, there was a man marked for death, like us all.”

[King of the Jews, 2005]
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“He stood there like the lesser part of his own shadow; stood there, as he did every night on Second Avenue...”

[Trinities, 1994]
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“It was three o’clock in the morning, and the master bedroom of Graceland was still.”

[Hellfire, 1982]
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“Louie pulled off his bra and threw it down upon the casket.”

[In the Hand of Dante, 2002]
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“It was like the guys from the other side used to say: La vecchiaia e carogna.”

[Dino, 1992]
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“In the spring of 1607 a man named John Laydon, or Lydon, came to America.”

[Country, 1977]
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“You see, I needed to go to Hell.”

[The Last Opium Den, 2002]
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“I had wanted to meet the devil, and now here I was, toward dark, alone on a bench in a piny garden in a place called Voghera.”

[Power on Earth, 1986]

Where Dead Voices Gather
“Many years ago, I wrote a book called Country.”

[Where Dead Voices Gather, 2001]
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“Clouds like gusted shadows of the dead moved past the Lenten moon, drifting west toward Jersey.”

[Cut Numbers, 1988]
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