Blood and Guts in High School

Blood and Guts in High School

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Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker

A masterpiece of surrealist fiction, steeped in controversy upon its first publication in 1984, Blood and Guts in High School is the book that established Kathy Acker as the preeminent voice of post-punk feminism. With 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of her birth, as well as the 10th year since her death this transgressive work of philosophical, political, and sexual insight—with a new introduction by Chris Kraus—continues to become more relevant than ever before.

In the Mexican city of Merida, ten-year-old Janey lives with Johnny—her “boyfriend, brother, sister, money, amusement, and father”—until he leaves her for another woman. Bereft, Janey travels to New York City, plunging into an underworld of gangs and prostitution. After escaping imprisonment, she flees to Tangiers where she meets Jean Genet, and they begin a torrid affair that will lead Janey to her demise. Fantastical, sensual, and fearlessly radical, this hallucinatory collage is both a comic and tragic portrait of erotic awakening.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802127624
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 322,770
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kathy Acker (1948 – 1997) was an influential postmodernist writer and performance artist, whose many books include Great Expectations; Don Quixote; Literal Madness; Empire of the Senseless; In Memoriam to Identity; My Mother: Demonology; Pussy, King of the Pirates; Portrait of an Eye; and Rip-Off Red, Girl Detective.

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Lynn Tillman

"No writer I know is more audacious than Kathy Acker, whose anarchic wit drives a thoroughgoing attack on conventions and complacencies of all sorts. Not unlike Gertrude Stein in her day, Acker gives us a different way to look at the uses to which language is put."

Richard Foreman

"Reading Cassie Acker is like playing hop-scotch with a genius."

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blood and Guts in High School was labelled as pornographic by some but showed that Acker was a major voice of postmodern feminism. This novel actually made me briefly grateful that I had read The Scarlet Letter so that I could understand the section that Acker rips out of Hawthorne's novel and deconstructs its in all of its possibly perversity.