Item #8942 Algeria. Kathy Acker.

Algeria. A Series of Invocations Because Nothing Else Works

London: Aloes Books, 1984. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's stapled stiff illustrated wraps.

First book edition of a lesser-known work by postmodernist writer and performance artist Kathy Acker. Considered one of the most influential writers of her generation, Acker is known for her unclassifiable works that challenge traditional narrative structures by combining plagiarism, pastiche, and a punk rock sensibility. Originating as a commissioned contribution to Douglas Messerli’s Sun & Moon magazine and originally titled "Girl Gangs Take Over the World," the short story shifts between episodes of Acker's New York life and Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 film The Battle of Algiers. Mixing the personal, political, and spiritual, the piece was intended to be the beginning of a novel, eventually abandoned. Aloes was a publishing venture founded by Jim Pennington, Allen Fisher, and Richard Miller in 1972. They issued works by underground writers and artists such as Thomas Pynchon, Bob Dylan, William Burroughs, Patti Smith, and Paul Verlaine in the 1970s and early 80s. Light sunning to spine and light rubbing to wraps. Very good. Item #8942


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