by Raelene Gorlinsky
Jonathan Littell has won the seventeenth annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, for The Kindly Ones.
The award was created in 1993 to draw attention to the "crude, tasteless, and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in contemporary novels, and to discourage it."
The other finalist books include those by some well-known names:
The Humbling by Philip Roth
The Infinities by John Banville
Rhyming Life and Death by Amos Oz
The Naked name of Love by Sanjida O’Connell
A Dead Hand by Paul Theroux
The Death of Bunny Munroe by Nick Cave
The Rescue Man by Anthony Quinn
Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy
Ten Storey Love Song by Richard Milward
You must go read the entries at http://www.literaryreview.co.uk/badsex.html ! Some of the best phrases:
"Her vulva was opposite my face. The small lips protruded slightly from the pale, domed flesh."
"This sex was watching at me, spying on me, like a Gorgon's head, like a motionless Cyclops whose single eye never blinks."
“turning his trousers into a tent with lots of rude organs camping underneath”
"Georgie has to roll Mr Condom down Mr Penis for him and she has to help insert him into Mrs Vagina."
"It is exactly as he imagined it - the hair, the lips, the hole - and he slips his hands under her wasted buttocks and enters her like a fucking pile driver."
"her bullet-proof pussy"
"her nipples, which are the size and texture of liquorice Jelly Spogs"
"River squeezes Bunny's cock with her muscular vagina. 'Wow,' says Bunny, from the depths of space. 'Pilates,' says River. 'Huh?' grunts Bunny. 'Cunt crunches,' says River, and contracts her pelvic floor again."
"he has been transformed into a delicate seismograph that intercepts and instantly deciphers her body's reactions"