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Dalkey Archive Press, 1994 - Fiction - 144 pages
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A woman about to lose her job as a professor of literature and history delivers a passionate, witty, and word-mad monologue in this inventive novel, which was called "brilliant" ( The Listener), "dazzling" ( The Guardian), "elegant, rueful and witty" ( The Observer) upon its original publication in England in 1984.

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 prophesize 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: Amalgamemnon

User Review  - Iwokeinrelief - Goodreads

Well, let's start here. I hope you like neologisms. I hope you like puns. If you do not - truthfully, if either of the two bother you - then this is not for you. Really, you might as well just skip it ... Read full review

Review: Amalgamemnon

User Review  - Ian Paganus - Goodreads

She Doesn't Exist Anymore Inside the whale of a modern Western State, narratrix Mira Eketei imagines different personae or manifestations of herself, different characters, living at different times ... Read full review

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Christine Brooke-Rose, now retired, was for many years a professor of American literature at the University of Paris.

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