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Rip-off Red, Girl Detective and the Burning Bombing of America
     

Rip-off Red, Girl Detective and the Burning Bombing of America

by Kathy Acker
 

Recently discovered and never before published, these two short novels were written in the early 1970s, at the beginning of Kathy Acker's writing career. Rip-off Red reads as a kind of Raymond Chandler for bad girls, as Acker's typical literary playfulness transforms the genre conventions of detective fiction into a book that is simultaneously a mystery and a

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Recently discovered and never before published, these two short novels were written in the early 1970s, at the beginning of Kathy Acker's writing career. Rip-off Red reads as a kind of Raymond Chandler for bad girls, as Acker's typical literary playfulness transforms the genre conventions of detective fiction into a book that is simultaneously a mystery and a personal, raunchy, and politically astute account of life in New York City. The Burning Bombing of America is a dystopian vision of the destruction of America, combining crypto-Socialist class critique with the visceral surreality of the Book of Revelation. Published together here, they reveal a young writer on a literary romp, imposing an original, sexy, and subversive worldview that is unmistakably Acker. They are a perfect introduction to Acker's oeuvre and essential for all Acker readers. "Kathy Acker's trancelike writing style peels away the layers of reality." -- San Francisco Chronicle "America's most beloved transgressive novelist." -- Spin "Acker is a postmodern Colette with echoes of Cleland's Fanny Hill." -- William S. Burroughs

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Publishers Weekly
Fans of Kathy Acker (1948-1997) will welcome the first publication of two early short crime novels, Rip-Off Red, Girl Detective and The Burning Bombing of America, by the late postmodern author. Both are imbued with the raunchy and subversive wit typical of Acker's more mature work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802139207
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Acker, Kathy Series
Edition description:
1ST Edition
Pages:
195
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.57(d)

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