Tito Perdue The Node

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The Node

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Welcome to the future. The 21st century has come of age and it seems that everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong. Propelled beyond the brink by environmental catastrophe, by cultural degeneration and the foretold collapse of the monetary system, the American landscape has given way to a postmodern picaresque. In such a world, where crime has been normalized, sex has been mechanized, and where ethnic enclaves equipped with inscrutable bio-engineered surveillance gadgetry vie for the last remnants of power, one hapless pilgrim stands athwart the apocalyptic tide. Emboldened by dim nostalgia and quixotic resolve, this man -- our hero, as we may insist -- will marshal a fractious retinue of co-ethnic subversives (the maligned Cauks ) to establish a stronghold, a redoubt, a community ... a Node. It remains only to be seen whether the seeds of renewal might yet find purchase, or be left to ash.

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Neither conservative nor liberal, but a reactionary radical, Tito Perdue has written some of the best satire on contemporary America, and he has put his criticism in the form of novels which can hold their own with the best postmodern fiction. --Thomas Fleming, Chronicles

There is joy and proportion in the author's references, store of words, manipulation of images, jumbling of tenses and senses, in-jokes, his verbal and even typographical games. Behind his writing one senses the existence of a wide, wild hinterland bordered by volcanoes and with a staffage of perfect people, animals and cottages ornee. He never succumbs to portentousness, always a temptation for doomsayers... It would be a mistake to see Perdue as mere nostalgist, lost in some reverie of unrecapturable youth extrapolated into Spenglerian teleology. He looks forward almost as often as he looks back, in hope of 'a globe of a hundred thousand societies', in which people 'care more about people than stuff.' --Derek Turner, Quarterly Review

Perdue displays a wicked sense of humor that lashes modern-day culture --Conservative Heritage Times

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