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About the Author
Stewart Home is an English artist, filmmaker, writer, pamphleteer, art historian, activist, and internationally-acclaimed author. Home's writings include Pure Manis (1989), Defiant Pose (1991), 69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess (2002), Tainted Love (2005) and Memphis Underground (2007). Between 2007 and 2010, Home was the commissioning editor of Semina, a series of acclaimed experimental novels from London art publisher Book Works, to which he contributed Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie (2010). He was born and resides in London.
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It is an honest, intelligent, witty and creative assessment of a late Capitalist society, singularly focused on the development of a consumer culture that's based on exploitation and exclusion.
Home has developed a unique style of writing, one in which the lines between reality and fiction are often blurred, juxtaposed and repeatedly transposed to drive his point HOME.
This is an important book, one that's destined to be a classic.
Like his other writings, this novel runs on different pistons of the engine. Its a commentary on culture, its politics and the by-products of that culture - for instance film. The slasher film to be more specific, and at times the novel is a consumer's (in a hysterical way) guide to the films that are out there. Someone (not me right now) should list all the albums, bands, music artists, as well as the filmmakers and their films that are listed in this novel - which comes to mind that one day there will be an annotated edition of all his works. But till then the reader can pick and choose the references that are posted in Home's work, and just go off into another adventure. And in some cases the author goes into detail about those references, which I always finds fascinating.
The one of many aspects of Home's aesthetic that I love is his take on cultural history set in a narrative. One is reminded of other books, for instance, "American Psycho" but i think Stewart is much more entertaining and in-tuned into London culture and all its by-products that I love so dearly. Future historians will look back on Stewart Home's novels as set pieces of their time. A cultural historian who writes fiction; that's Stewart Home in a nutshell.