The War of Dreams by Angela Carter [FIRST PAPERBACK PRINTING / 1977]

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The War of Dreams by Angela Carter [published in the U.K. as " The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman"]


Vintage paperback in very good condition.  

Cover is excellent with some mild shelf / edge wear. 

Book reads like new; small margin stain to top of first few pages that fades off before the actual contents [see last photo]

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, published in the United States as The War of Dreams, is a 1972 novel by Angela Carter.

This picaresque novel is heavily influenced by surrealism, Romanticism, critical theory and other branches of Continental philosophy. Its style is an amalgam of magical realism and postmodern pastiche. The novel has been called a theoretical fiction, as it clearly engages in some of the theoretical issues of its time, notably feminism, mass media and the counterculture.

Desiderio, an employee of the city under a bizarre reality attack from Doctor Hoffman's mysterious machines, has fallen in love with Albertina, the Doctor's daughter. But Albertina, a beautiful woman made of glass, seems only to appear to him in his dreams. Meeting on his adventures a host of cannibals, centaurs and acrobats, Desiderio must battle against unreality and the warping of time and space to be with her, as the Doctor reduces Desiderio's city to a chaotic state of emergency - one ridden with madness, crime and sexual excess.
A satirical tale of magic and sex, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman is a dazzling quest for truth, love and identity.