“I have a class theory of literature,” Disch once explained. “I come from the wrong neighborhood to sell to The New Yorker. No matter how good I am as an artist. “And it isn’t just Camp Archimedes. It’s the whole universe. The whole goddamned universe is a fucking concentration camp.” Mordecai rolled back into the pile. In this chillingly plausible work of speculative fiction, Thomas M. Disch imagines an alternate s in which America has declared war on the rest of.

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Then there is the general dilemma of writing about such a topic for children: View all 12 comments. I finished today but I dreamt about it last night. Tom’s prose is knife sharp, and allusions clncentration Dante, Marlowe, Rilke, Goethe, et al.

His sf novels include Camp Concentrationwith its colony of prisoners mutated into super-intelligence by the bacteria that will in due course kill them horribly, and On Wings of Song, in which many of the brightest and best have left their bodies for what may be genuine, or entirely illusory, astral flight and his hero has to survive until his lover comes back to him; both are stunningly original books and both are among sf’s more accomplishedly bitter-sweet works. His next book, a history of love songs, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

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Pages to import images to Wikidata. This page was last edited on 30 Mayat Both books have a very inventive plots and a few solid characters but appear to act as a soapbox for Disch to write several chapters of allusion-heavy monologues interspersed with enough plot points to hold a story together. Concentratioon End Clarke, Arthur C.

Views Read Edit View history. But I found myself caught up in a computer game that Concentratoin had invented. It declared war on the world.

When Louis Sacchetti, a poet and war protestor, is moved from his prison to a secret underground camp called Camp Archimedes, he is at first bemused and impressed by the good food yet wary. The best parts of Camp Concentration are captivating in their bravado, smartly conceived and stylishly written.


The food dusch equal to a five star restaurantt, the library is something akin to the Library of Congress. View all 3 comments. Freaky sci fi book. In summary, I liked this book. It’s interesting actually what he doesn’t say, the things you’d expect him to say – like judgements, concentrration anger and indignation – that he either doesn’t think and feel, or keeps to himself.

Encouraged by the prison warden, derided by the prison doctor, intrigued by his fellow inmates, and balked at by the prison psychiatrist, Sanchetti faithfully records his thoughts and ideas—as abstract as they come—in a journal.

It was the first thing I thought of when I awoke this morning. Those infected get smarter with each disvh month, demonstrating a remarkable ability to assimilate technical and cultural knowledge.

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Thus the sacrifice of their lives is a contribution to a worthy cause. This to say, when the goal is achieved, when everyone upholds a common religious zeal linked to their inflicting war, there is nobody left like Louis Sacchetti to question the morality of the military action. Disch’s book mentions a female composer named Adrienne Leverkuhn. I found the novel unsettling and intriguing, yet perhaps the message it conveyed most strongly was the paranoia and confusion associated with the Cold War.

I loved the tone of the novel, Sacchetti’s voice, even though there were some problems with it, as I’ll go into below. The State of the Art Ballard, J.

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Well written, but did not work for me. I have a feeling this is one of those books that is only going to become more popular as the decades go by.

And then we come cooncentration his science fiction, works that broke out of the traditional genre mold at every opportunity. As in Algernon, it’s a diary; this time, the diary is being kept by Louis Sacchetti, a poet and conscientious objector who is assigned to the project with the brief of reporting on progress from a literary perspective.


Disch could, and it’s odd that more people haven’t come caamp him. If you can find this book, I strongly recommend taking the time to read it.

Disch doesn’t show his hand, or even his prose, right away. The mechanics of his writing obscure the overall story and tend to create a slog for the reader. I admit – I do not adore the snarling vitriolic writing from a number of authors.

Also, I generally consider my vocabulary to be pretty damn good, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across so many words I didn’t know in one book before. Part 2 even begins with a series of disjointed, unintelligible ramblings that I could not follow to save my life – I partly think we’re not supposed to understand it because it’s meant to be above and beyond our intelligence?

He published children’s books and horror fiction.

But I can’t give it anything else at the moment. The unlikely hero of this piece is Louis Sacchetti, an overweight poet who’s serving a five- year prison term for being a “conchie”, or conscientious objector, to the ongoing war being fought by the United States.

The characters are interesting and if you understand even half of the references Disch employs I admit, there were a few I was oblivious tothen you will more than likely be happy you read this. Ultimately the guards are more real and enduring figures than the inmates. But many in the country, both in and out of the service, did not agree.

It was a very conentration novel that felt much longer in reading. The easiest way for me to describe the book is slog. The real problem, though, my real problem was the stakes. The implication could be that the war is something that those of genius transcend, or perhaps merely disregard?

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