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The Celibate

(1993)
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Michael Arditti's The Celibate is an ambitious work that challenges the standard parameters of the gay novel: although it could be classified as a coming-out tale, the book is more accurately described as the record of a spiritual journey with historical and overtly sexual overtones. Told in the first person, The Celibate is the story of an almost-priest who, after a nervous breakdown, begins dealing with his sexuality, a path that includes hustlers and s&m. The narrator's day job is guiding tourists through Jack the Ripper's crime scenes, and Arditti uses this material to show how the historical and the personal, the spiritual and the political inform one another, giving The Celibate depth and compassion. It is, in essence, a meditation on sex, violence, forgiveness, and faith.

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Hardback Editions

June 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Celibate
Author(s): Michael Arditti
ISBN: 1-56947-089-8 / 978-1-56947-089-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Pr Inc
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February 1993 : UK Hardback

Title: The Celibate
Author(s): Michael Arditti
ISBN: 1-85619-219-9 / 978-1-85619-219-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sinclair-Stevenson
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Paperback Editions

April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Celibate
Author(s): Michael Arditti
ISBN: 1-906413-22-3 / 978-1-906413-22-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arcadia Books
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January 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: CELIBATE- P
Author(s): Michael Arditti
ISBN: 1-56947-184-3 / 978-1-56947-184-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
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February 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Celibate, The
Author(s): Michael Arditti
ISBN: 1-85619-406-X / 978-1-85619-406-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd
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June 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Celibate
Author(s): Michael Arditti
ISBN: 0-7493-8694-0 / 978-0-7493-8694-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Minerva
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Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Celibate
Author(s): Michael Arditti
Publisher: Arcadia Books
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