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Delany, Samuel

ISBN 10: 0932511910 / ISBN 13: 9780932511911
Editore: Black Ice Books, Boulder, 1994
Condizione: Good Rilegato
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119pp. first printing. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice inventario libreria 027539

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Titolo: Hogg

Casa editrice: Black Ice Books, Boulder

Data di pubblicazione: 1994

Legatura: Hard Cover

Condizione libro:Good

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Aviary Slag is a lucid, lysergic antidote to the so-called profundities of "quality fiction." An assemblage of intricately interlocked mini-epics, moral tales, and porn tracts, it is a definitively post-postmodern work. Jacques Servin plunders and smelts the traditional forms, then fashions out of the slag a brilliant poetics of power and eros. In both form and content, Aviary Slag provides hard-hitting metaphors for the death of deforming constraints. It is a book for the volatile end of a century that has smelted and recast almost everything.

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Servin's 75 convoluted, highly experimental short stories-reprinted from magazines like Bomb and Exquisite Corpse-amount to a phantasmagoric look at the cultural debris of contemporary life. Full of word games and startling non sequiturs, the pieces are narrative fragments, hallucinatory visions or short parables (most are less than two pages) concerned with a characteristic theme of postmodern culture, such as commerce and art, the environment and the city, sexuality and the apocalypse. Among the more memorable stories are "The Conversion of New York Into Birds' Nests," a bureaucratic account of a pastoral fantasy ("we set to work with one hundred thousand pick-axes, three missives in fifteen million cc's"); "Wife. Then Event," in which the narrator's wife turns into a boat, sinks to a silty ocean floor and is rescued; and "Glue In the Melting Pot," a surreal account of a topsy-turvy city overrun by animals and humans with freakish powers. Servin's disjointed fiction, accompanied here by an index (E: Ecologists, Edible guns, Effete, Etruscans, Euphoria, Exegesis, Explosives) and a preface inviting us to read in a nonlinear sequence, aptly evokes the fragmentation of the contemporary world; yet his illogical prose is often more maddening than illuminating, leaving his underlying intentions largely opaque.
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