My Mother: Demonology.

Acker, Kathy.

Published by Pantheon Books, 1993
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8.25" x 5.5". 268pp. Orange paper covered boards with a orange cloth spine, in dust wrapper. Fine condition; fine jacket. A novel based on the romance of Colette Peignot and Georges Bataille by the noted punk, poet, playwright, essayist, postmodernist and sex - positive feminist writer. This copy signed by Acker on the first leaf. Bookseller Inventory # 25803

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Synopsis: In her 10th novel, Acker's heroine, Laurie, is a woman helpless before the fury of her emotions. Love-obsessed, Laurie is plunged into a harrowing dilemma--sexuality and her feminism are the two poles that threaten to obliterate her inner poise, the false magic of her woman's identity.

From the Inside Flap: Based loosely on the relationship between Colette Peignot and Georges Bataille, My Mother: Demonology is the powerful story of a woman's struggle with the contradictory impulses for love and solitude.

At the dawn of her adult life, Laure becomes involved in a passionate and all-consuming love affair with her companion, B. But this ultimately leaves her dissatisfied, as she acknowledges her need to establish for herself an identity independent of her relationship with him.

Yearning to discover who she is, to better understand herself, Laure embarks on a journey of self-discovery--a search that demands solitude and puts her at odds with the passion she feels for her lover, an odyssey that takes her into the territory of her past, into memories and fantasies of childhood, into wildness and witchcraft, into a world where the power of dreams, of perception, can transcend the legacies of the past and confront the dilemmas of the present.

Unique among American novelists as the writer who consistently pushes at the frontiers of modern fiction, Kathy Acker makes advances into new and unexpected territory in each new work. With a poet's attention to the power of language and a keen sense of the dislocation that can occur when the narrative encompasses violence and pornography, as well as the traumas of childhood memory, Acker here takes another major step toward establishing her vision of a new literary aesthetic. By turns ferocious, subtle, searing, and passionate, My Mother: Demonology is a triumphant play of the imagination and a compelling testimony to the power of words to unsettle and to reveal hidden meaning.

"Scarified sensibility, subversive intellect, and predatory wit make her a writer like not other I know."--The New York Times Book Review

"What makes this book powerful is the archetypal punch behind each image, a punch that comes from an unknown assailant dressed in red wearing brass knuckles. Only Acker delivers it that way."--Los Angeles Times

"Visceral, unflinching, wildly experimental.... Acker's formidably talented hand gives cacophonous materials compelling poetic rhythm and balance."--Library Journal

"Acker's is a female voice that goes beyond feminism, artistic freedom turned into a free lifestyle."--The Village Voice

"Acker discards, mangles, and rewrites literary conventions. Using words as weapons to smash her way into modernity, she pushes language to the tension point, explodes and reclaims it. What emerges is a new way of writing, ensuring Acker's place at the backbone of America's post-modern literature."--Kimberley Caviness, Boston Sunday Herald

Kathy Acker's twelve novels include Great Expectations, Blood and Guts in High School, Don Quixote, Empire of the Senseless, Kathy Goes to Haiti, and My Death My Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini. She also wrote the screenplay for the film Variety and the libretto for the opera The Birth of the Poet (music by Peter Gordon), and is the author of the play Lulu Unchained. After several years in England, Acker has returned to the United States, where she was born and raised. She lives in San Francisco.

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Title: My Mother: Demonology.
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hardback
Edition: First edition.

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