The Wall of America

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Tachyon Publications, 2008 - Fiction - 245 pages
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Surreal and satiric, this collection of short fiction pays a mesmerizing visit to the shadowy zone that lies between present everyday life and a perilous near future that is frighteningly tangible. In "The Wall of America," the Department of Homeland Security has put up a border wall between the U.S. and Canada, but the NEA has plans to turn it into the world’s largest art gallery. After the Rapture, working-class life for "A Family of the Post-Apocalypse" is not as different as one might imagine, despite the occasional plague of biker-gang locusts. Between addiction and art is "Ringtime," where a criminal is trapped in a recursive compulsion to visit other people's memories while he is forced to record his own for an eager audience. A Somali schoolgirl living in post-WWIII Minneapolis goes on a bloody crusade to rid her town of a familiar predator, one who might just be a monster, in "White Man." Vivid, starkly imagined, and strikingly articulate, this disquieting compilation is a journey that skillfully straddles the line between absurdity and irony.

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User Review  - Ralph - Goodreads

If you like Phillip K. Dick, you'll love Thomas Disch. The ideas are just as weird, but the prose is more coherent. And funny! But also sad. It's all a rich tapestry. To give you an idea of his range ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

A strong collection. Disch's interest in the visual arts comes through in a number of these short stories, including the title story. In one story a bus load of art critics gets slaughtered. Knowing ... Read full review

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Thomas M. Disch is a poet and book critic whose essays have been published in Entertainment Weekly, Harper's, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. He is the author of The Brave Little Toaster, Camp Concentration, The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of, The Prisoner, and The Word of God. He lives in New York City.

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