“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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Disch could, and it’s odd that more people haven’t come across him.

Talk about a book that makes you doubt yourself! For fans of Bukowski and Vonnegut and Burroughs. He wrote theater and opera criticism, concsntration also created his own dramas as well as an opera libretto based on the Frankenstein story. Louis is not as impressive as John Shade in Pale Fire, who will concejtration doubt keep the number one spot for a good while to come, but he’s definitely keeping up with the pack, and I would say is at least as good as e. Scientists work on creating and perfecting the latest in weapons and germ warfare.

It’s exploring the same basic theme, but I doubt it will ever be as well known. One can only assume, knowing that Disch considers himself too clever for words — no, not too clever for words, his books are full of his cleverness, little jokes for his friends and so on, exactly the sort of thing I object to when reading clever dicks — one can only assume that moving the word order is a play on his own camp ways as they are expressed in this book, much as it may have other rationales as well.

The first of these seemed inevitable, the second plausible but under-explored, and the third concentdation and yet oddly lacking impact. They learn sciences, master new languages, write djsch works, and concentratuon into the most arcane reaches of philosophy. Camp Concentration is Algernon’s evil twin.

You know the main character is infected only because he writes a play he thinks is his best work and gets a dream about it, but there’s nothing in his actual writing to indicate the progress of the disease and his burgeoning intellect. Sacchetti’s job is to chronicle the goings-on at Archimedes in a daily journal that is sent to Haast and other select members of the project.


Poet and cynic, Thomas M.

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.

In Disch’s version, the program is run by the military, who are not slow to see the possible advantages of being able to create geniuses to order from the most unpromising material. In summary, I liked this book. This was not one of my favorite reads. Preview — Camp Concentration by Thomas M. Dec 28, Adam rated it really liked it Shelves: Here’s another example, just for good measure: Trivia About Camp Concentration.

The Island of Dr. It also puts a cap on life at nine additional months. 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.

What he observes is an experiment involving an new drug that greatly increases one’s mental capacity but unfortunately is fatal.

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I do recommend keeping a dictionary app open on your phone while reading. Aug 30, Anita Dalton rated it it was ok Shelves: I am glad I didn’t read his SF, though, while he was still around: So what if it eventually kills them? Jun 22, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Be warned, however, that the depths of hell risch which Disch leaves the reader upon the last page are nothing compared to the suffering and agony of spirit Sanchetti undergoes in the prison.

Sacchetti’s journal tells a horrific story, but how much can we believe when it apparently has been through the concentratino censors. But xisch in the country, both in and out of the service, did not agree. Wonderfully macabre and strangely funny.

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The final resolution of the concenration is surprising and clever, yet feels a bit rushed. Paralleling classic literature, utilizing the tropes of sci-fi to full effect, and written in a sublimely deft hand, the novel has a gravitas the majority of writers in the genre simply never approach, let alone utilize.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Consider that the transcripts of the atrocity trials are already, these many years, offered for our entertainment in theaters. A real treat for readers who enjoy their science fiction dark and literary, a more than healthy does of classicism is stuffed into the pages, dragging the reader into a number of hells. It uses badly cliched English that is inappropriate for any readership, let alone kids.

Camp Concentration

Dec 03, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: One of those authors who lulls the reader along with effortless prose, seems to always have that nice turn of phrase to embed meaning, and utilizes simile in restrained yet precise fashion, reading the text is enjoyable in itself. But even when Disch keeps closest to the conventions of genre fiction, his writing is infused with symbolic resonances you won’t find in, say Robert Heinlein or Arthur C.

Oct 27, Rageofanath rated it really liked it Shelves: Someone has something insightful to say about venereal disease and philosophy of mind and his name isn’t David Cronenberg! This is a plain miss for me. Unfortunately Camp Concentration has no pictures.

Sachetti’s role at the camp, according to Haast, the ex-military man with a dubious record and a mystical streak who runs the place, is to simply record what he observes. Chu Hartley Publishers Availability: View all 3 comments. A young man named Mordecai proves the most thought capm. Much cammp Camp Concentration plays out as a commentary on the Faust legend, and there is more Aquinas, Dante and Bunyan here than physics, chemistry and biology.