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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Literal Madness

My Life, My Death by Pier Paolo Passolini; Kathy Goes to Haiti; Florida

by Kathy Acker

“Speaks to us out of a delightful mock-na’veté that reminds one at times of the Dick and Jane readers rewritten as manuals for politics and sex . . . . At once hilarious and terrifying, [it] has all the logic of a Caribbean tour and a nightmare combined.” Los Angeles Times

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 416
  • Publication Date June 01, 1989
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3156-0
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $17.00

About The Book

Kathy Goes to Haiti, the first of three novels in Literal Madness, “Speaks to us out of a delightful mock-na’veté that reminds one at times of the Dick and Jane readers rewritten as manuals for politics and sex . . . . At once hilarious and terrifying, [it] has all the logic of a Caribbean tour and a nightmare combined” (Los Angeles Times).

My Death My Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini – wherein, among other things, the late Italian filmmaker solves his own murder, with the help of, among others, Romeo, Juliet, and the Bronté sisters – is a “scathing commentary on false values in art” (The Hartford Courant)

In the haunting Florida, Acker achieves “a nearly telegraphic reduction of the Bogart-Bacall movie Key Largo to fatalistic, tough-guy essentials.” (Booklist)

Praise

“Speaks to us out of a delightful mock-na’veté that reminds one at times of the Dick and Jane readers rewritten as manuals for politics and sex . . . . At once hilarious and terrifying, [it] has all the logic of a Caribbean tour and a nightmare combined.” Los Angeles Times

“Scathing commentary on false values in art.” The Hartford Courant