Diegeses

In anticipation of the paperback release of D. Harlan Wilson's Diegeses in June, Kindle and Nook versions of the book will be available for $0.99 for a limited time. Here is a press kit.

See what some people are saying about Diegeses at Goodreads. There are also new reviews at Verbicide Magazine and Leaky Libido.

Jacket

Here is the full jacket for Laurence A. Rickels' SPECTRE. Thanks again to Matthew Revert for the artwork and layout.


Blurb

Jonathan Lethem has blurbed Laurence A. Rickels on behalf of SPECTRE:

"Lawrence Rickels offers blazing illumination of the invisible undertow of disquiet and uncanny in our knowledge of culture, consciousness and technology."

Here is the book description:

Ian Fleming whittled the effigy of James Bond out of his experiences with the British naval intelligence during World War II. After the publication of his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in1952, 007 quickly became a cultural icon in the Cold War and a fixture in our collective consciousness. In SPECTRE, Laurence A. Rickels examines Fleming’s novels and film adaptations like never before, looking awry at Bond through the sieve of psychoanalytic theory, history, and Kulturindustrie. Within the Bond universe, SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is the global terrorist organization run by supervillain Ernst Stavro Bloefeld. Fleming added SPECTRE late in the game for the crossover into the film medium. The ghostly amalgam of perpetrators and victims of the Nazi era, SPECTRE deconstructs and manipulates the opposition of the Cold War and its repression of the recent past in order to promote the welfare of an organization that is in every sense an underworld. For Rickels, SPECTRE is a theoretical apparatus whereby he monitors and measures the flows, intensities and codings of the Bond universe while using it to read other texts, ranging from the writings of Goethe, Shakespeare and Derrida to the post-Freudian theories of Melanie Klein. This visionary, allusive study breaks new ground while extending ideas developed in such works as Aberrations of Mourning and Nazi Psychoanalysis. Rickels approach is at once playful and pointed as he looms over Bond and lays him bare on the chaise.

Rickels is emeritus professor of German and comparative literature at the University of California-Santa Barbara and currently professor of art and theory at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe and Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. He is the author of over ten works of theory and criticism, among them I Think I Am Philip K. Dick, The Devil Notebooks, Nazi Psychoanalysis, and The Vampire Lectures

Cover

Matthew Revert has put together another beautiful cover, this time for Laurence A. Rickel's SPECTRE, a nomad analysis of the Bond oeuvre. Coming from Anti-Oedipus Press in October. A press kit will be available soon.


Press


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
Email: stanleyashenbach@yahoo.com

PRAISE FOR D. HARLAN WILSON
“Provocative entertainment.”
Booklist
“A bludgeoning celluloid rush of language and ideas served from an action-painter’s bucket of fluorescent spatter."
—Alan Moore
“New bursts of stream-of-cyberconsciousness prose.”
Library Journal
“Wilson writes with the crazed precision of a futuristic war machine gone rogue.”
—Lavie Tidhar

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.