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The Porno Ceremony

La ceremonia del porno

Porn is often regarded as the most rudimentary of genres for the most rudimentary of consumers. However, pornography is very challenging for its user. If watching porn is easy, being watched watching porn can be very difficult. This is one of the biggest paradoxes when discussing pornography. If you are susceptible to porn, then become someone who actively seeks out porn, it becomes increasingly difficult to recognise yourself while you are watching porn. Only when you are capable of resolving this triple conundrum, does it become interesting to talk about the subject. This book evokes the musings on pornography throughout history of writers from De Sade to Santa Teresa, from Bataille to Barthes, from Madonna to Martin Amis. ‘Pornophiles’ and ‘pornophobes’ have always faced each other in intractable warfare, which, perhaps now, has reached an impasse: from pornography on the internet to webcams, the passive consumer is now becoming the producer and the subject of pornography. And the massive consumption of pornography in societies that have been officially repressors tells us that perhaps we are arriving at a new phase in the private and public relationship with pornography.


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Andrés Barba


Andrés Barba (Madrid, 1975) has a degree in Spanish Literature. He has represented Spain in several international conferences for young dramatists and has been a lecturer in Madrid and Bowdoin College (USA). Currently he combines his work as a writer with a teaching position at the Complutense University of Madrid. He was awarded first finalist of the Herralde Novel Prize 2001 with La hermana de Katia. In 2005 he has been awarded the Torrente Ballester prize for Versiones de Teresa.



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Javier Montes


Javier Montes (Madrid, 1976) won the Premio José María de Pereda with his first novel, Los penúltimos, which was followed by his next novel, Segunda parte. Along with Andrés Barba he won the Premio Anagrama de Ensayo for La ceremonia del porno. He also collaborated in the publication of  After Henry James. In 2010, Granta included him among their selection of the best young authors writing in the Spanish language and his stories have appeared in collections like Puros cuentos (Letras Libres, 2008) and Life in Cities. An Anthology of European Contemporary Writers (Minumsa, Seoul, 2009). He regularly contributes to the publications ABC, El País, Letras Libres, Revista de Libros, Granta UK, Revista de Occidente, Letra Internacional and Arquitectura Viva. He has curated exhibitions like Beckett Films (CAAC, 2011) and was a professor of Art History at the Spanish College in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea). His novels have received excellent reviews: «Montes evokes a grandiose world, where he comments on the Statism of life beyond apparent change» (Michael Kerrigan, Times Literary Supplement).



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