In October, Bruno Gmünder released a new edition of Christopher Coe’s beloved novel I Look Divine, with a new introduction from author David LeavittInitially published in 1987, the novel is a lyrical portrait of the joys and pitfalls of living a life obsessed with beauty and pleasure.

From the publisher:

Nicholas is beautiful, wealthy and hopelessly vain. With his older brother in tow, he jets from one glamorous scene to another: Rome, Madrid, Mexico. Wherever he goes, he seeks the admiration of other men, until one day—his beauty faded—he winds up dead, the victim of unknown circumstances. His brother is left to pick up and pieces and figure out how Nicholas came to his untimely end.

Christopher Coe was a writer, photographer and cabaret singer. He lived in Paris and New York City. Coe’s first novel, I Look Divine, was published in 1987, his second, Such Times, in 1993. His style has been called “reminiscent of both Oscar Wilde’s and Marcel Proust’s late writings” (Publishers Weekly). Christopher Coe died of AIDS in 1994.

Read an excerpt from the novel here.

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2 Responses to “Read an Excerpt from Christopher Coe’s ‘I Look Divine’”

  1. Reggie Harris 15 November 2013 at 2:29 PM #

    People seem to either love or hate this hot house flower of a novel – it’s a guilty pleasure of mine. SO over the top and delirious, yet moving at the same time. Coe was a great loss

  2. Patrick Dieli 16 November 2013 at 1:44 PM #

    I have always wondered what happened to Christopher Coe. “Such Times” was a brilliant read. I’ve combed bookstores everywhere looking for other works by Coe, but few have herd of him or don’t carry his titles. Thank you for this reminder. I look forward to reading “I Look Divine.”

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