Diegeses Novelettes by D. Harlan Wilson
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Distributed by Ingram
Paperback: 104 pages, 5x8, $7.99
Kindle: $4.99, ASIN B00B5HNJUU
Nook: $4.99, BNID 2940015971545
Contact: Stanley Ashenbach
PRAISE FOR D. HARLAN WILSON
“A bludgeoning celluloid rush of language and ideas served from an action-painter’s bucket of fluorescent spatter."
“New bursts of stream-of-cyberconsciousness prose.”
“Wilson writes with the crazed precision of a futuristic war machine gone rogue.”
ANTI-OEDIPUS PRESS annouces the release of Diegeses, two interconnected novelettes by acclaimed novelist and critic D. Harlan Wilson. Channeling the “schiz-flows” of Ballard, Kierkegaard, Kafka, Burroughs, and Deleuze and Guattari themselves, “The Bureau of Me” and “The Idaho Reality” follow a man who goes only by the name of “Curd” into the nightmarish prism of his own ego.
In an ominous, darkly surreal near-future, Curd is visited by a group of mysterious strangers who claim to be representatives of the “Bureau of Me.” As he struggles to negotiate their weird aggression, he sinks deeper and deeper into alcoholism. The Bureau of Me suspects he is a becoming-god, but deification has its price. Inevitably he finds himself alone in a postapocalyptic wasteland, the last man, zombified physically and mentally. “The Idaho Reality” sees Curd “rebooted” from end-of-the-world subhuman to futuristic soap opera star. In a series of schizophrenic vignettes that mirror the condition of his psyche, he is turned inside-out. No longer the weak, insecure drunk he was in “The Bureau of Me,” now he is an omnipotent television icon, although his penchant for hypermasculine assholery has shifted into high gear, rendering him more clown than becoming-god, degraded by the spectacle of simulation.
Literary and grotesque, humorous and dismal, theoretical and streetwise, Diegeses is and avant-pop masterpiece that entertains as much as it enlightens, unstringing the complexities of the mind while tying them into new and undiscovered knots.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
D. Harlan Wilson is an award-winning, critically acclaimed novelist, short story writer, literary critic, editor, and Professor of English at Wright State University. In addition to over ten works of fiction and nonfiction, hundreds of his stories and essays have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies across the world in multiple languages. Wilson serves as reviews editor for the academic journal Extrapolation, editor-in-chief of the literary journal The Dream People, and managing editor of Guide Dog Books, the nonfiction syndicate of Raw Dog Screaming Press. Visit him online at www.dharlanwilson.com and www.thekyotoman.com.