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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Acker, Kathy
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (January 18, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802131557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802131553
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeremy P. Bushnell on May 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
In this novel Acker aims her critique at the gnarly intersection of capitalism, violence, sexual dysfunction, and male dominance. In order to live out this critique, Acker jettisons most of the (male-dominated) traditions of narrative as she writes, systematically disrupting the stability of characters and setting, and rejecting the claim to authorial originality (as you might guess from the title). Some might say that this rejection is a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but I'm more inclined to say it's form following function. Exemplary.
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By A Customer on November 3, 1999
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kathy acker doesn't cut any corners - ever. great expectations might shock you, might offend you, might even hurt and disturb you. but acker can deconstruct sexuality and eroticism and living like no one else can, and you might learn a lot about yourself and this rough, confusing existence.
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By Boyd on November 15, 2014
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