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POWDERHOUSE is the second volume in the "History of Bestiality" trilogy by the Norwegian writer Jens Bjorneboe. It is set in a surrealistic mental hospital in Alsace. A bizarre cast of doctors and patients are woven around a series of therapeutic lectures on such topics as the permanent witch hunt, capital punishment, and the role of the heretic in history. By turns gruesome, lyrical and funny, this explosive book bursts the bounds of genre.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism    -   fighting for free speech/press    -   death penalty    -   religious issues Family, caring for ill    -   Yes because he/she is    -   mentally ill Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   two guys doing it Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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