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To enter the fictional world of Imaginary Women is to revisit a lively cultural era where one read Jacques Lacan and Roland Barthes in the morning, sampled the cinema in the afternoon, and danced to The Clash at night. In an unnamed city in the novel the thirteen fictional women deployed in its coordinate system of interlocking stories both diverge and reconnect in an intricate web of play and puzzles. Composed in short sections, Westlake freely reimagines the narrative language of popular genres such as film noir, science fiction, and the political thriller, and reinvents the roles assumed by imaginary women. Popular cinema and love of film play important parts in the book’s structure and network of cultural references, as do some of the most vibrant critical movements of the 1980s, especially psychoanalysis and feminist theory. Westlake’s always humorous and insightful appropriation and reworking of popular conventions and language are often reminiscent of Thomas Pynchon, Italo Calvino, and Jorge Luis Borges.
“Combines film noir with Finnegans Wake and the underworld excursions of Persephone, Orpheus, Ariadne, and Osiris, sometimes directed by two unseen women, both named Anna . . . Punning develops into high art, generated by a wealth of literary allusions and quirky etymologies as well as by the symbolism of the I-Ching . . . wit, esoteric information and precise details about films and filmmaking.” — Publishers Weekly
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Book Description Paladin, London, 1989. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. A good copy of Mike Westlake's exellent novel. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 009362
Book Description Paladin. Paperback. Condition: Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0586087249I3N00
Book Description Paladin, London, 1989. Paperback. Condition: Good+. Paladin 1989; Good plus in paperback; 194 pages. Seller Inventory # 12923