New York: Grove Press, 1988. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's navy blue cloth over blue paper-covered boards, spine stamped in silver, original illustrated dust jacket.
"But: We're still human. Human because we keep on battling against all these horrors, the horrors caused and not caused by us. We battle not in order to stay alive, that would be too materialistic, for we are body and spirit, but in order to love each other." First edition, advance review copy, of influential postmodernist writer and performance artist Kathy Acker's fifth book from a major publisher and earliest venture into the science fiction genre. Considered one of her most accessible works, although still defying conventional narrative and form, Acker's unflinching story is set in a near future dystopian Paris devastated by revolution and disease. Told through the eyes of a polysexual Parisian pirate and an anarchist female cyborg acting out a "holocaust of the erotic," this metafictional account is a complex critique of the sexist, racist, and capitalistic society Acker spent her personal and professional career deconstructing. Illustrated with Acker’s line drawings. First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Publisher’s review slip, release notice, and black-and-white publicity photo of Acker taken by Kate Simon laid in. Dust jacket design by George Corsillo. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #2625