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Empire of the Senseless - by Kathy Acker (Paperback)

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Specifications

Number of Pages: 240

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Grove Press

Author: Kathy Acker

Language: English

Street Date: May 15, 2018
TCIN: 53268022
UPC: 9780802128355
Item Number (DPCI): 248-59-4795

Description

Originally published in 1988, Empire of the Senseless marked a turning point in Acker's wild, inimitable style. Considered one of her more accessible works, here Acker candidly addresses her lifelong obsessions: childhood and trauma, language and sexuality, criminality and corruption, oppression and rebellion.

Abhor (part human, part robot) and her lover Thivai (a pirate) traverse Paris in a dystopian future, in search of a mysterious drug that Thivai needs in order to maintain his ability to love. Navigating the chaotic city, they encounter mad doctors, prisoners, bikers, sailors, tattooists, terrorists, and prostitutes, while a band of Algerian revolutionaries take over, and the C. I. A. plots to thwart them all.

Sexually explicit, graphically violent, Empire of the Senseless resists the desensitizing of cultural consciousness and the disintegration of interpersonal communication. A timeless, prescient parable, it speaks profoundly to our social and political history as well as our present reality.

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