"[Hell's] every move and word reveal a naked, impassioned intelligence in the throes of the only truly rock and roll artistic convulsion."-Lester Bangs
"Godlike," Hell's second novel, is a stunning achievement, and quite likely his most important work in any medium to date. Combining the grit, wit, and invention of "Go Now" with the charged lyricism and emotional implosiveness of his groundbreaking music, "Godlike" is brillant in form as well as dazzling in its heartwrenching tale of one whose values in life are the values of poetry. Set largely in the early '70s, but structured as a middle-aged poet's 1997 notebooks and drafts for a memoir-novel, the book recounts the story of a young man's affair with a remarkable teenage poet. "Godlike" is a novel of compelling originality and trascendent beauty.
Richard Hell is best known as one of the originators of the punk movement His records include Blank Generation (1977), Destiny Street (1982), Dim Stars (1982), and Time (2000). Hot and Cold, a collection of his art, poetry, and nonfiction, was published by Powerhouse Books in 2001. His other books include a novel, Go Now (Scribner, 1996) and numerous collections of poetry. In addition, he is a widely published essayist and the editor of an independent publishing house, Cuz Editions. He lives in NYC. Dennis Cooper is the author of 'The George Miles Cycle, ' an interconnected sequence of five novels that includes Closer (1989), Frisk (1991), Try (1994), Guide (1997), and Period (2000). The cycle has been translated into fourteen languages. His most recent novel is My Loose Thread (Canongate, 2002). He lives in Los Angeles.
"Vile, scabrous, unforgivable, and deserving of the widest possible audience."