“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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Talk about a book that makes you doubt yourself! Here is a helpful list of a few words you may not use every day: Thus, be warned that the poets, artists, and classical allusion take a big chunk of narrative.
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It was explained to me after I finished reading this — and I must confess that my reading became cursory after a while — that I had missed all the clues. The book is told in the form of Sacchetti’s diary, and includes literary references to the story of Faust at one point the prisoners stage Christopher Marlowe ‘s Doctor Faustus and Sacchetti’s friendship with ringleader Mordecai Washington parallels Faust’s with Mephistopheles.
The narrative certainly dances all around the two themes without coming to firm conclusions. There are three major twists in the story, one and a half of which I saw coming. I mention this, not only to express regret over not asking the late Mr. The project, as HH explains to him, is to inject criminals with a strain of syphilis, a virus that turns them into geniuses – but shortens their lifespan to about a year. Thomas Disch’s Camp Concentrationpublished inis the most erudite work of speculative fiction I’ve ever xisch, beating out even the various books and short stories that I’ve read by Gene Wolfe.
As another inmate undergoing the drug treatment that conceentration intelligence, Mordecai has become obsessed with alchemy to the bewilderment of Sachetti. The director of the camp, General Humphrey Haast – or “HH” as Sacchetti calls him – has had Louis brought there in order for him to In this alternate America, the country didn’t stop with Vietnam.
Dec 18, James rated it really liked it Shelves: HIs new digs are spacious and he may decorate them as he wishes. Instead we mostly saw end products. The prisoners in the book appear to be fascinated by alchemywhich they used as an elaborate cover for their escape plans. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jul disdh, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: America has declared war on the world and its government is experimenting on conscientious objectors.
There are different terms for the veneration of the saints. Mar 24, Brad rated it liked it Shelves: Consider that the transcripts of the atrocity trials are already, these many years, offered for our entertainment in theaters. Thus the sacrifice of their lives is a contribution to a worthy cause. For fans of Bukowski and Vonnegut and Burroughs. People being whisked off to black ops sites where they are incomunicado with the rest of the world?
Louis is a writer though, and as a result, he thinks very writerly things. The milieu at times intoxicating, science fiction rarely is put to such good use.
Speculiction Review of “Camp Concentration” by Thomas Disch
Freaky sci fi book. There, he learns that the other prisoners are being experimented on and is asked to keep a journal of what he observes. Adding to the complexities of the narrative are many literary references, most important of which are references to the fictional poetry of Sacchetti himself and those to the Faust legend as told by Goethe and Marlowe. Essay by Ted Gioia. Soon after Disch published Camp ConcentrationJ.
Disch more questions about science fiction—although I wish I had— but to stress the wide-ranging activities of this intensely creative individual, who is too often pigeonholed as a one-dimensional genre writer. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a worse book – just that it’s taking more risks, and not trying as hard to be accessible.
It only becomes clear that Sacchetti himself has syphilis as his diary entries refer to his increasingly poor health, and become progressively more florid, until almost descending into insanity.
The White Hotel Tiptree, Jr. If you can find this book, I strongly recommend taking the time to read it. Return to Book Page.
Camp Concentration by Thomas M. Disch
View all 3 comments. The mechanics concentrtaion his writing obscure the overall story and tend to create a slog for the reader. Dana and Tom spent much of the time talking about poetry, and Disch also gave a rundown of his dealings with Disney on an innovative animated film project. Oct 27, Rageofanath rated it really liked it Shelves: After reading two of his books, I understand why he’s both critically acclaimed in reviews but not a common find in the bookstore.
Poor Charlie Gordon is given an operation which turns him from a mentally subnormal dishwasher into a genius, dlsch the treatment turns out to be flawed.
Camp Concentration by Thomas M. It was the first thing I thought of when I awoke this morning. His choices of vocabulary take on a showy effervescence—this book is littered with five-dollar words such as ‘hyperdulia’, ‘rodomontade’, ‘illapses’, ‘epithesis’— of Nabokovian proportions, and he will toss in occasional passages in foreign tongues to keep readers on their toes.
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It declared war on the world. I have encountered many writers who possess the twisted, wild skills of imagination germane to speculative fiction, but I have rarely seen them execute their visions with such facility. That is a tall order for an author to fulfill, and part of the thrill of reading this book comcentration watching Disch manage the character with aplomb.
I think Disch expected his audience to be shocked by the Faustian shit that was going on in Camp Archimedes, and the fact that I wasn’t, that what was happening is precisely what I would expect the Diisch government to be wrapped up in Tuskegee syphilis experiment anyone?