Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed: A Novel

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Pedlar Press, 2010 - Fiction - 150 pages
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Set in a dystopian near-future, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed is a novel – a kind of post-capitalist soap opera – about a group of people who regularly attend ‘the meetings.’ At the meetings they have agreed to talk, and only talk, about how to re-ignite the left, for fear if they were to do more, if they were to actually engage in real acts of resistance or activism, they would be arrested, imprisoned, or worse. Revenge Fantasies is a book about community. It is also a book about fear. Characters leave the meetings and we follow them out into their lives. The characters we see most frequently are the Doctor, the Writer and the Third Wheel. As the book progresses we see these characters, and others, disengage and re-engage with questions the meetings have brought into their lives. The Doctor ends up running a reality television show about political activism. The Third Wheel ends up in an unnamed Latin American country, trying to make things better but possibly making them worse. The Writer ends up in jail for writing a book that suggests it is politically emancipatory for teachers to sleep with their students. And throughout all of this the meetings continue: aimless, thoughtful, disturbing, trying to keep a feeling of hope and potential alive in what begin to look like increasingly dark times. Revenge Fantasies asks us to think about why so many of us today, even those with a genuine interest in political questions, feel so deeply powerless to change and affect the world that surrounds us, suggesting that, even within such feelings of relative powerlessness, there can still be energizing surges of emancipation and action.

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Jacob Wren is a writer, filmmaker and theatre director. He co-founded Candid Stammer Theatre in Toronto in 1988, and in 2002 moved to Montreal to become co-artistic director of the theatre company PME. His work attempts to find ways of speaking casually to the audience - through both words and movement - ways that are ironic and sincere. Theatre productions include: How An Intellectual Can Aspire To Savagery!; But Love Is Too Simple To Save Us; I Cut, You Bleed; En français comme en anglais, it's easy to criticize; Recent Experiences and Revolutions in Therapy (both co-written and co-directed with Nadia Ross) and Unrehearsed Beauty / Le Génie des Autres. Interdisciplinary performances include: Every Song I Have Ever Written (Reich & Berühmt, Berlin), Five Important Books (Mercer Union, Dare Dare & Kyhber Centre for the Arts) and Spontaneous Collaborations. Published books include: My Tongue, My Teeth, Your Voice; 62 Rock Videos For Songs That Will Never Exist (both Exile Editions) and Unrehearsed Beauty (Coach House Books). His theatre work has been performed in Norway, the Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, France, England, Wales, Scotland, Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland, and the Netherlands as well as in New York, Toronto, Calgary, Quebec City, Halifax and Montreal.

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