Friday 23 February 2018

Author David Guterson wins Bad Sex literary award for awful mother son romp

American author David Guterson
American author David Guterson

Richard Alleyne

DAVID Guterson, the novelist who rewrote the Oedipus myth as if it was set in the 20th century, has been given the dubious honour of being awarded the annual Bad Sex prize.

Guterson, the American novelist most famous for his best selling Snow Falling on Cedars, was given the accolade for his fifth book Ed King, a modern reworking of the Greek legend.

Judges were said to be impressed by his over-reliance on terms such as "family jewels", "back door" and "front parlour" during a sex scene between mother and son.

They said the terms made him the "clear winner".

His award was announced at the In & Out Club in London by Carry On star Barbara Windsor.

He was unable to accept the plaster foot in person but sent a message.

"Oedipus practically invented bad sex, so I'm not in the least bit surprised," he joked.

Guterson edged out strong competition from Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's new novel 1Q84, which includes the line: "A freshly made ear and a freshly made vagina look very much alike, Tengo thought".

The Literary Review award was set up by Auberon Waugh in 1993 to highlight – and discourage – the "crude, tasteless, and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in contemporary novels".

Tony Blair became the first nonfiction author to receive a nomination for his 2010 autobiography, A Journey, for writing.

In it he wrote "On that night of 12 May 1994, I needed that love Cherie gave me, selfishly. I devoured it to give me strength. I was an animal following my instinct."

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