In Memoriam to Identity

Kathy Acker

In Memoriam to Identity
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In Memoriam to Identity

Kathy Acker

Kathy Acker’s characteristically outrageous, lyrical, and hyperinventive novel concerns three characters – Rimbaud, Airplane, and Capitol – who share an impulse toward self-immolation through doomed, obsessive romance. Rimbaud, the delinquent symbolist prodigy, is deserted by his lover Verlaine time and time again. Airplane takes a job dancing at Fun City, the seventh der of the sex industry, in order to support her good-for-nothing boyfriend. And Capitol feels alive only when she’s having sex with her brother, Quentin. In Memorium to Identity is at once a revelatory addition to, and an irreverent critique of, the literature of decadence and self-destruction.

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