“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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Pages to import images to Wikidata. Be warned, however, that the depths of hell in which Disch leaves the reader upon the last page are nothing compared to the suffering and agony of spirit Sanchetti undergoes in the prison. Even the damned are reverent at that alter. The most notable thing about the dystopic view of an alternative America in Thomas Disch’s novel is the status of the narrator. The reviewer who called it “exciting, allegorical, suspenseful, disturbing.

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Visch some question how much the author is faithfully writing from the point of view of a self-indulgent literary figure and how much the author is actually indulging in being a self-indulgent literary figure.

I found Louie the narrator interesting for his obvious unreliability, but also irritating for his racism, homophobia, and florid verbosity. He’s like the jolly fat man he describes himself as obeseand even when he’s feeling other moods, his underlying personality is still there.

Camp Concentration

dish Camp Concentration Disch, Thomas M. It’s interesting actually what he doesn’t say, the things you’d expect him to say – like judgements, like anger and indignation – that he either doesn’t think and feel, or keeps to himself.


Also, I generally consider my vocabulary to be pretty damn good, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across so many words I didn’t know in one book before. I like sf books that take place in the present day, or famp, the present day of their composition.

This page was last edited on 30 Mayat The final resolution of the story is surprising and clever, yet feels a bit rushed. Soon after Disch published Camp ConcentrationJ. Disch’s best known work, though, is The Brave Little Toastera reworking of the Brothers Grimm’s “Town Musicians of Bremen” featuring wornout domestic appliances — what was written as a satire on sentimentality became a successful children’s animated musical.

Almost anything else I say about the plot will be a spoiler, so I will only say this about the writing. Three months into his sentence, Sacchetti is mysteriously taken from prison and brought to Camp Archimedes, an underground compound run by General Humphrey Haast.

Maybe now that Disch has sadly left us this deserves to be considered a classic of 20th Century fiction: Or is his story a figment of his imagination? Nov 20, Manny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Camp Concentration is one of those SF books that falls squarely into the “literature” category both for the eloquence of Disch’s writing and the timelessness concentgation his ruminations on life and war.

I picked up Camp Concentration because I’ve come across several remembrances of Disch, who killed himself only a few months ago. The food is equal to a five star restaurantt, the library is something akin to the Library of Congress. Makes the read a sad read, honestly, especially knowing how Disch, himself, ends.


Camp Concentration by Tom Disch

Busk and neither is either flattering or spoken of well between characters. No matter how good I am as an artist, they always can smell where I come from. While you might not expect such a dramatic change as in Algernon’s Charlie, you should expect some subtle change in writing, or in the behavior of those around him who were in different phases of the disease. It’s a great weepie, and I am one of many people who love it.

Disch is one of those highly praised sf writers that I have always assumed would not live up to his reputation. I suspect people will think I give this “only” 3 stars because I don’t like Disch’s “strong language” that he uses against the Establishment.

Chu Hartley Publishers Availability: I finished today but I dreamt about it last night. One of most engaging things about the book is the way the story is narrated. Jun 22, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 15, Nawfal rated it liked it Shelves: Slan Van Vogt, A. An expanded version of the Vietnam War seems to be underway. Ultimately the guards concetration more real and enduring figures than the inmates.

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.