Pussy, King of the Pirates

Pussy, King of the Pirates

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Baker & Taylor
A reinterpretation of Treasure Island is told from a girl's perspective, placing such colorful characters as O, Ange, Lulu, Pussycat, and Antigone on a wild adventure from an Alexandrian whorehouse to Pirate Island. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Loosely related to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, Pussy, King of the Pirates is a grrrl pirate story that journeys from the most famous whorehouse in Alexandria through an unidentified, crumbling city that may or may not be sometime in the future, to Brighton Town, England, and, finally, to a ship headed toward Pirate Island, where the stories converge and the vision ends.
Ransacking world history, literature, and language itself to speak to the current zeitgeist, Pussy, King of the Pirates is the literary analogue to the wild girl energy that dominates our rock and roll culture in the 1990s. A daring and passionate litany of disparate narratives and voices, poetry and prose, words and images, Kathy Acker's newest novel is perhaps her most subversive to date. Her meditations on love, sex, death, and art have made her a writer like no one else working today.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802115782
Branch Call Number: ACK
Characteristics: v, 277 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.


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May 06, 2014

"Literature is that which denounces and slashes apart the repressing machine at the level of the signified."-Kathy Acker
Do you like pirate stories, but wish there was just a little more radical feminism, explicit sex and language (hope you like the c-word), lit. theory, references to high-brow lit (Antigone, Genet) and general po-mo punk mayhem? Then I really have no other book than this to recommend to you, the final novel of the polarizing, uncompromising Kathy Acker, who died of cancer in 1997. She also did an album of the same name with the Mekons.


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