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The Shit of God: The Texts of Diamanda Galás (High Risk Books) Hardcover – October 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; First Edition edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185242432X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852424329
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A collection of writings culled from Diamanda's performance texts and notes, the works comprising this book read well as poems and prose pieces, and give readers valuable insight into Galas's message and methods of composition. The words lose none of their power when relocated to the page from Galas' vocal projection. Galas, as studied a theologian as any produced by the clergy, here turns the Fundamentalist perspective on Chirstianity on its head; she utilizes the Bible as a springboard for her meditations on the right of the afflicted (particularly People With AIDS and the insane) to compassion and the immunity of the diseased from judgement by man. Ultimately, she creates a new vehicle of empowerment for the heretofore "victimized." Aligning herself with the condemned, the castigated and the demonized, she emerges as the avatar of the Holy, seen robed in the filth of the Rebel by the warped visions of the hypocrite evangelist. Known until now as "The Voice," Diamanda Galas here proves herself just as moving and effective in her role as "The Writer."
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Diamanda Galás, The [censored for Amazon consumption] of God (High Risk Books, 1996)

Printing a book of song lyrics and marketing it as poetry is a very risky proposition indeed. In my experience, maybe 20% of them work intermittently. I've only ever encountered one that worked from first page to last, Nick Cave's now woefully long out-of-print King Ink. (Cave's novels, by the by, are equally enchanting and come highly recommended at Goat Central.) The [censored for Amazon consumption] of God, which covers Diamanda Galás' work from the earliest days ("Wild Women with Steak Knives") to Schrei X, is one of those books that works intermittently. About half of this is excellent stuff, and if you are familiar with Galás' recordings, you'll know which half. If you're not, hit youtube and search on "galas plague mass" without the quotes. (Start with "Cris d'Aveugle" and "Confessional", preferably in that order.) But then you get to the later stuff, Schrei X etc., and, well...

"OK GO
OK GO
OK GO
OK GO
OK OK
OK
OK
OK
OK
OK
OK
O
O
O
O..."
(from "Hee Shock Die", 106)

Kind of makes me long for the bits in "Confessional" where instead of attempting to transcribe, they just put "[TONGUES]". They're horrifying in the best way when you listen to them. Transcribed, well, you can see the result.

Definitely worth having for existing fans of Galás' work. Those as yet unfamiliar are strongly advised to start with the CDs (kick things off with Plague Mass and Vena Cava, then go with the original trilogy and the album with John Paul Jones, and work your way outwards from there) before picking this up. ** ½
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Look. Diamanda Galas is a lot smarter than most of us will ever be, so if you're a genius - go ahead - critique her. But I can't - I can only appreciate her work. & I really, really do.
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