By Hillary Louise Johnson
A Dymaxicon Cult Classic
Originally published in 1989 by Poseidon Press in the US and Pandora Press in the UK, Physical Culture was translated into Dutch and Spanish, but failed to achieve a wide audience.
“Hillary Johnson in the 1980s was a writer so far ahead of her time practically no one understood what she was doing,” Madison Smartt Bell wrote in the Huffington Post in 2011. “Physical Culture describes levels of self-mutilation that put it over the top at a time when ‘transgressive’ fiction was supposedly in vogue.”
The single most shattering novel I’ve read since Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird.
Hillary Johnson has achieved in Physical Culture a sort of perfect, corrupt beauty.
~ Patrick McGrath
cover image copyright 2011 Ashley Laufer