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ISBN-10: 1635901596
ISBN-13: 9781635901597
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Publish Date: 10/19/2021
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.98" W, 0.87" H

The Letters of Mina Harker

Introduction by: Emily Gould

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In Dodie Bellamy’s imagined “sequel” to Bram Stoker’s fin de siècle masterpiece Dracula, Van Helsing’s plain Jane secretarial adjunct, Mina Harker, is recast as a sexual, independent woman living in San Francisco in the 1980s. The vampire Mina Harker, who possesses the body of author Dodie Bellamy, confesses the most intimate details of her relationships with four vastly different men through past letters. Simultaneously, a plague is let loose in San Francisco-the plague of AIDS.
Bigger-than-life, half goddess, half Bette Davis, Mina sends letter after letter to friends and co-conspirators, holding her reader captive through a display of illusion and longing. Juggling quivering vulnerability on one hand and gossip on the other, Mina spoofs and consumes and spews back up demented reembodiments of trash media and high theory alike. It’s all fodder for her ravenous libido and “a messy ambiguous place where pathology meets pleasure.” Sensuous and captivating, The Letters of Mina Harker describes one woman’s struggles finding the right words to explain her desires and fears without confining herself to one identity.

Bellamy’s debut novel revives the central female character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and imagines her as an independent woman living in San Francisco during the 1980s.

Hypocrisy’s not the problem, I think, it’s allegory the breeding ground of paranoia. The act of reading into–how does one know when to stop? KK says that Dodie has the advantage because she’s physical and I’m only psychic. … The truth is: everyone is adopted. My true mother wore a turtleneck and a long braid down her back, drove a Karmann Ghia, drank Chianti in dark corners, fucked Gregroy Corso …
–Dodie Bellamy, The Letters of Mina Harker

First published in 1998, Dodie Bellamy’s debut novel The Letters of Mina Harker sought to resuscitate the central female character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and reimagine her as an independent woman living in San Francisco during the 1980s–a woman not unlike Dodie Bellamy. Harker confesses the most intimate details of her relationships with four different men in a series of letters. Vampirizing Mina Harker, Bellamy turns the novel into a laboratory: a series of attempted transmutations between the two women in which the real story occurs in the gaps and the slippages. Lampooning the intellectual theory-speak of that era, Bellamy’s narrator fights to inhabit her own sexuality despite feelings of vulnerability and destruction. Stylish but ruthlessly unpretentious, The Letters of Mina Harker was Bellamy’s first major claim to the literary space she would come to inhabit.

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The Letters of Mina Harker unfurls like a red velvet carpet wilkomming you to a house of horrors. And the more you succumb, the more that red carpet begins to resemble a thick wet tongue, slicking you up for the ride down the hot narrow throat of postmodern narrative.–Traci Vogel, San Francisco Bay Guardian
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ISBN-10: 1635901596
ISBN-13: 9781635901597
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Publish Date: 10/19/2021
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.98" W, 0.87" H
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