Swimming to Cambodia

Swimming to Cambodia

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Author/Contributor(s): Gray, Spalding
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Date: 01/01/1993
Binding: Paperback
Condition: USED – Very good. An unmarked copy with tight binding and some moderate shelf wear.

First edition (October 1985).

A sailor likes blue-flake cocaine, kinky threesomes and the nuclear detonator button to which he is handcuffed; a President watches George C. Scott in Patton and tells a gathering of war protestors how travel improves the mind; a Bangkok whore leaves her TV long enough for a game of boobily-oobily; a corporate vice president reads An Actor Prepares; a small country of exquisitely delicate people transforms itself into a hell-on-earth, stirred to genocidal frenzy by a mix of Mao, Rousseau and B-52s. But, are those slaughtered peasants or day-players cosmetized with stage blood and chicken giblets? Are those burning villages or burning tires set out by the special effects crew?

With daring virtuosity, writer-actor-performance artist Spalding Gray takes us on an odyssey for our time--a dizzy escapade swerving and plunging between outrageous hilarity and chilling revelation--stretching all the way from the Gulf of Siam to poolside Beverly Hills. Inspired by his experiences acting in the Academy Award-winning film The Killing Fields, master storyteller Gray has enthralled audiences from coast to coast and in Europe with his solo performances of Swimming to Cambodia.

Now this major voice from the American theatre avant-garde becomes a major voice in American literature as his newest, most ambitious work appears for the first time complete in print. And now readers can join his large, loyal theatre following on his quest for the ever elusive Perfect Moment, in the last days of the twentieth century.