O Fallen Angel is a triptych of modern-day America set in a banal Midwestern landscape, inspired by Francis Bacon's Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion. There is Mommy, a portrait of housewife psychosis, cruelly and crudely drawn, fenced in by her own small mind. There is Maggie, Mommy's unfortunate daughter whom she infects with fairytales, a Dora stuffed numb with pills, a casualty of gender roles and the DSM-IV. Then there is the mysterious martyr-figure Malachi, a Cassandra in army fatigues, the Septimus Smith to Mommy s Mrs. Dalloway, who stands at the foot of the highway holding signs of fervent prophecy, gaping at the bottomless abyss of the human condition, while SUVs scream past. Kate Zambreno's O Fallen Angel commits an act of anarchic literary sacrilege that calls to mind the rant and rage of an American Elfriede Jelinek, an exorcism of the culture wars and pop-cultural debris.
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Kate Zambreno is the author of Green Girl, Heroines, and O Fallen Angel. She is at work on a triptych of books about time, memory, and the persistence of art. The first, Drifts, is forthcoming from Harper Perennial in 2017.Review:
It's how you feel at your worst moments; it's less a book than a Molotov cocktail of a story. It will make you think of Acker, sure, but it's a different angel with a different harp. It's something only Kate Zambreno could have done, and it's brave and scared and indispensable. ---Michael Schuab, Bookslut
O Fallen Angel is absolutely fearless, and, in its way, it is devilishly fun. - Adam Novy, Dossier journal
O Fallen Angel is an uncomfortable tribute to all the damaged girls, the toxic teenagers, college roommates and friends you've known... This work spews back at society the vile, misguided judgments we place upon one another with the style of a post-modern poet and the mind of modern day Woolf. - Angela Stubbs, The Nervous Breakdown
Kate Zambreno goes for the throat. Or, at least, her language does. Her debut novel, O Fallen Angel, (which won the Chiasmus Press 'Undoing the Novel' contest) arrives in the grand spirit of Acker, Artaud, Burroughs, but where these are A and A and B, Kate is Z in full: her own, slick, squealy, and of another light. - Blake Butler
I found myself mesmerized, mostly by the rhythm and occasional whimsy of the prose. Zambreno breathes life into her characters with language alone. - S.L. Wisenberg, Chicago Reader
Like Angela Carter's fairy tales, Kate Zambreno's O Fallen Angel deftly exposes the psychic brutality that lies underneath the smooth glassy surface of parable. Set in Midwestern America in approximately 2006, Zambreno s character/archetypes a Mommy who names her golden retriever after Scott Peterson's murdered wife Laci, a daughter who signs her suicide note with a smiley face and a doomed psychotic prophet are all agents and victims of disinformation, but this doesn t make their pain any less real. In Zambreno s suv-era America, unhappiness doesn t exist because it can be broken down into treatable diagnostic codes. As she writes, Maggie wants to be free but she also wants to be loved and these are polar instincts, which is why she is bipolar, which is a malady of mood. A brilliant, hilarious debut. ----Chris Kraus
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Descrizione libro Chiasmus Press, 2010. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110615334555
Descrizione libro Chiasmus Press, 2010. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0615334555