Empire of the Senseless

Kathy Acker
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Empire of the Senseless


I never had a class in postmodern literature, so my ability to understand it has been hit or miss. "Empire of the Senseless" is a miss. It's sort of a novel about a post-apocalyptic Paris narrated by Thivai and Abhor, a pirate and a half- robot. But it isn't really a novel. It's a dark, transgressive, deconstructed look at society told in something akin to stream of consciousness narration, made to shock rather than entertain. It's a very hard book to read. I found myself trying to simply take in the words and sentences as images and not worry myself with the nearly non-existent plot. In the end, I didn't get it.

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