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Eleven-Inch (The Pride List) (Hardcover)

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By Michal Witkowski, W. Martin (Translated by)
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What does it take to succeed as a queer teenage Eastern European sex worker in the 1990s? Eleven inches and a ruthless attitude.

Western Europe, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall: Two queer teens from Eastern Europe journey to Vienna, then Zurich, in search of a better life as sex workers. They couldn’t be more different from each other. Milan, aka Dianka, a dreamy, passive naïf from Slovakia, drifts haplessly from one abusive sugar daddy to the next, whereas Michał, a sanguine pleasure-seeker from Poland, quickly masters the selfishness and ruthlessness that allow him to succeed in the wild, capitalist West—all the while taking advantage of the physical endowment for which he is dubbed “Eleven-Inch.” By turns impoverished and flush with their earnings, the two traverse a precarious new world of hustler bars, public toilets, and nights spent sleeping in train stations and parks or in the opulent homes of their wealthy clients. With campy wit and sensuous humor, Michał Witkowski explores in Eleven-Inch the transition from Soviet-style communism to neoliberal capitalism in Europe through the experiences of the most marginalized: destitute queers. 

About the Author

Michał Witkowski is a Polish author. His groundbreaking novel Lovetown was the first explicitly queer novel to be published in Polish and was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2011. He lives in Warsaw.

W. Martin is a US-born editor, educator, translator, and writer who lives in Berlin and Ramallah. His published translations from Polish include Michal Witkowski’s Lovetown.

Praise For…

"An electrifying dive into a memorable demimonde."
— Publishers Weekly

"There is a charm in the author’s style of writing and the sharp use of wit and humour spreads over the whole story. . . . There is life breathed into every page, for which the credit also goes to the translator."
— Outlook
Product Details
ISBN: 9780857428912
ISBN-10: 0857428918
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication Date: December 6th, 2021
Pages: 304
Series: The Pride List
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