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The Anatomist
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ISBN-13: 9780385491334
ISBN-10: 0385491336
Publication Date: 9/14/1999
Pages: 224
Rating:
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3 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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A novel about the history of Anatomy, the Catholic Church, and women's sexuality... infuriating, creepy and poetic.
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Spectacular... Dark, Satirical, Elegant, and just a dash Macabre. Can't wait til more of this author's writing finds its way into english.
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A lyrically written, sensual, and extraordinarily enjoyable novel in which a Renaissance anatomist's astonishing discovery forever changes the female erotic universe.

In sixteenth-centruy Venice, celebrated physician Mateo Colombo finds himself behind bars at the behest of the Church authorities. His is a crime of disclosure, heinous and heretical in the Church's eyes, in that his research threatens to subvert the whole secular order of Renaissance society. Like his namesake Christopher Colombus, he has made a discovery of enormous significance for humankind. Whereas Colombus voyaged outward to explore the world and found the Americas, Mateo Colombo looked inward, across the mons veneris, and uncovered the clitoris. Based on historical fact, The Anatomist is an utterly fascinating excursion into Renaissance Italy, as evocative of time and place as the work of Umberto Eco, and reminiscent of the earthy sensuality of Gabriel García Márquez. Perceptive and stirring, it ironically exposes not only the social hypocracies of the day, but also the prejudices and sexual taboos that may still be with us four hundred years later.
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The writing is fantastic. Follows in the vein of other South American literature. Witty, sarcastic, humorous and tragic.

Story follows the "discovery" of the clitoris by at 16th century physician in Venice, Mateo Colomo. Details his discovery and its aftermath.