Singer's debut novel was honoured for the year's worst description of sex in literature
Morrissey has commented on the recent news that his debut novel List Of The Lost was picked as this year’s winner for the infamous Bad Sex Award.
The Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award honours the “most egregious passage of sexual description in a work of fiction” every year.
Morrissey’s book was released earlier this year and was met with harsh criticism at the time, particularly for its passages on sex.
One such passage reads: “Eliza’s breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra’s howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it whacked and smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza’s body except for the otherwise central zone.”
While Morrissey was unable to attend the ceremony on December 1, he has now told Uruguayan newspaper El Observador that he felt it was “best to maintain an indifferent distance” from the award, “because there are too many good things in life to let these repulsive horrors pull you down”.
He explained: “I have many enemies and their biggest motivation, as you know, is to try to use all your achievements against you.”
Writing in an email interview with Chilean website in October, Morrissey claimed that the response to the book was based more on the fact he wrote it than what he wrote.
“I strongly believe in freedom of expression and critics have to say what they have to say,” he stated. “But often the criticisms are an attack against me as a human being and have nothing to do with what they’re reading.”