History and literature seem to be losing ground to the brave new world of electronic media and technology, and battle lines are being drawn between the humanities and technology, the first world and the third world, women and men. Narrator Mira Enketei erases those boundaries in her punning monologue, blurring the texts of Herodotus with the callers to a talk-radio program, and blending contemporary history with ancient: fairy-tale and literal/invented people (the kidnappers of capitalism, a girl-warrior from Somalia, a pop singer, a political writer), connected by an elaborate mock-genealogy stretching back to the Greek gods, move in and out of each other's stories. The narrator sometimes sees herself as Cassandra, condemned by Apollo to prophesy but never to be believed, enslaved by Agamemnon after the fall of Troy. Brooke-Rose amalgamates ancient literature with modern crises to produce a powerful novel about the future of culture.
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Review: AmalgamemnonUser Review - MJ Nicholls - Goodreads
For years, it seemed Christine Brooke-Rose was fated to remain entombed in the mausoleum of avant-garde curiosities, shunned for her unapologetically complex and eggheady works like her 60s/70s ... Read full review
Review: AmalgamemnonUser Review - Mark - Goodreads
This strange and difficult novel is the bitter rant of one Mira Enketei, a professor of literature and history who is about to be laid off. The culrpit, one way or another, is technology: “The ... Read full review