The Book of Sodom

The Book of Sodom

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“A stunning guided tour through the real and imaginary landscapes of Sodom.” —Jenny Diski

The biblical story of the destruction of Sodom has inspired countless literary visions. The city has elicited writing from Milton, Sade, Proust, Dostoevsky and Tournier, among others. This work contains an anthology of Sodom texts spanning several centuries. Paul Hallam has also provided his own reading of these languages of prejudice, obsession and desire in an extensive essay.


  • [A] delight from start to finish ... Paul Hallam’s enthusiasm for buggery is infectious.

  • A clever selection and a playful one ... Hallam delivers a surprising line-up of luscious lovelies ... a serious and a sad book. Let it be a seductive one too.

    Weekend Telegraph
  • A masterwork.

    Hilton Als