The Mere Future

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"Clever word craft, poetic political satire and biting humor on every page."—Publishers Weekly

The paperback edition of Sarah Schulman's dystopian satire about urban mores set in New York sometime in the future, when the city has morphed into an idealized version of itself: where rent is cheap, homelessness is nonexistent, and the only job left is marketing. But all is not as it seems, culminating in a murder committed by a prominent New Yorker...

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Overview

"Clever word craft, poetic political satire and biting humor on every page."—Publishers Weekly

The paperback edition of Sarah Schulman's dystopian satire about urban mores set in New York sometime in the future, when the city has morphed into an idealized version of itself: where rent is cheap, homelessness is nonexistent, and the only job left is marketing. But all is not as it seems, culminating in a murder committed by a prominent New Yorker and a resulting trial that transfixes the city.

Kessler Award-winner Sarah Schulman's other books include Rat Bohemia, The Child, and Ties that Bind.

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"Clever word craft, poetic political satire and biting humor on every page." —Publishers Weekly

"Schulman injects wry political commentary and sly cultural satire into her intellectually dynamic plot with infectious constancy." —Richard Labonte, Book Marks

"Shockingly of the moment ... The Mere Future is set a few years hence 'when things are slightly better because there has been a big change,' and, as she always does, Schulman fashions a writing style that suits the setting ... [This] is probably Schulman’s funniest book." —Lambda Book Report

"The Mere Future is an intelligently written satire ... Excellently crafted prose, reminiscent of Oscar Wilde." —New York Journal of Books

"Schulman's humor is painfully sharp, her sarcasm sharper, and her intellect sharpest of all. If you play with her, she'll show you some things you probably didn't want — but needed — to know." —Liberty Press

"In The Mere Future, Sarah Schulman emerges as a unique voice in speculative fiction." —East Bay Express

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Author-activist Schulman (The Child) painstakingly crafts this meditation on the trajectory of society in the 21st century, but it may serve better as a warning than a novel. When New York's new mayor slowly transforms the city into a utopia through social reforms, the effects spiral out over a poor copywriter, the copywriter's new boss, his girlfriends, their lovers, their lovers' children, etc., in a narrative Möbius strip worthy of an art house film. Despite clever word craft, poetic political satire and biting humor on every page, vague characterization and a meandering plot push this polemic too far toward the abstract and oblique. Even the most adventurous and prose-focused readers will struggle to engage with Schulman's discontinuous style at this length; the only hope is to treat it as poetry, or perhaps modern art. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551524245
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 941,600
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Schulman: Sarah Schulman is the author of fourteen books, including the novels Rat Bohemia, Empathy, and The Child, and the non-fiction book Ties That Bind: Familial Homophbia and Its Consequences. Her many awards include a Guggenheim, Fulbright and the 2009 Kessler Award for her “Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies.” She is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at CUNY, College of Staten Island.

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