Hannibal Lecter, My Father available in Paperback
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- Semiotexte/Smart Art
A collection of early and not-so-early work by the mistress of gut-level fiction-making.
You can say I write stories with sex and violence and therefore my writing isn't worth considering because it uses content much less lots of content. Well, I tell you this: 'Prickly race, who know nothing except how to eat out your hearts with envy, you don't eat cunt'. . . Edited by Sylvere Lotringer and published in 1991, this handy, pocket-sized collection of some early and not-so-early work by the mistress of gut-level fiction-making, Hannibal Lecter, My Father gathers together Acker's raw, brilliant, emotional and cerebral texts from 1970s, including the self-published 'zines written under the nom-de-plume, The Black Tarantula. This volume features, among others, the full text of Acker's opera, The Birth of the Poet, produced at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1985, Algeria, 1979 and fragments of Politics, written at the age of 21. Also included is the longest and definitive interview Acker ever gave over two years: a chatty, intriguing and delightfully self-deprecating conversation with Semiotext (e) editor Sylvere Lotringerwhich is trippy enough in itself as Lotringer, besides being a real person, has appeared as a character in Acker's fiction. And last, but not least, is the full transcript of the decision reached by West Germany's Federal Inspection Office for Publications Harmful to Minors in which Acker's work was judged to be "not only youth-threatening but also dangerous to adults," and subsequently banned. Acker is the sort of the writer that should be read first at 16, so that you can spend the rest of your life trying to figure her out; she confuses, infuriates, perplexes and then all of a sudden the writing seems to be in your bloodstream, like some kind of benign virus. She's definitely not for the easily offendedbut then, there are worse things in life than being offended. Such as the things that Acker writes about. . .
About the Author
Kathy Acker was a novelist, essayist and performance artist whose books include Blood and Guts in High School, The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula, Empire of the Senseless, In Memoriam to Identity, Don Quixote, My Mother: Demonology , and her last novel, Pussy King of the Pirates . Born and raised on New York's Upper East Side, she died of breast cancer in Tijuana, Mexico, in 1997.
Sylvère Lotringer is Jean Baudrillard Chair at the European Graduate School, Switzerland, and Professor Emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia University.
What People are Saying About This
Reading Kathy Acker is like playing hopscotch with a genius.
Reading Kathy Acker is like playing hopscotch with a genius.Richard Foreman
"Often compared to William S. Burroughs and Jean Genet, Acker was, according to R. U. Sirius, 'An avatar of nomadic urban modern primitive tribes. . . her novels perform postmodern campfire grill voodoo. . . She was a magician. " New York City, 1979
Reading Kathy Acker is like playing hopscotch with a genius. Richard Foreman