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Dostoyevsky Wannabe


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Title: Acts
Author: Hanson, Steve
ISBN: 9781722830762
Publisher: Dostoyevsky Wannabe
Published: 2018
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Condition: New
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Publisher Description:
The Acts was made across the Christmas break of 2017-18. It is an experiment in live, biographical writing and call-and-response collaboration. It brings Reuters news feeds in to mark the place where each part was written against a wider global narrative. The Acts explores what it means to act, as in to perform, as in our ability to tell of a core of self at all. The Acts re-approaches 'The Act' as a grand section of gesamtkunstwerk rooted in Wagnerian tragedy, only re-accessed humbly through the now traditional scraps of Schwitters' holy fragments. The Acts tries - and ultimately fails - to break out of the promotional ways of telling the self that contemporary writing is framed by (although it hopefully fails better). The Acts is an attempt by two male working class writers to explore the necessarily fractured state of their subjectivities, without wincingly aligning themselves with feminist struggle, or the hideous refluxes of rightwing masculinity, or offering patronising poetic or theoretical exegesis. The Acts attempts only to show the deep cracks which shoot through both writers, and the method of writing - a kind of profane, riffing, open, lay analysis, operating through surrealist northern pingpong - is left at the surface. The Acts is Symptom as Politics. The Acts is the human mice in the skirting boards, nibbling and occasionally squeaking.