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The Kafka Chronicles

The Kafka Chronicles

The Kafka Chronicles
by Mark Amerika

Paperback
1993
Price: $9.00

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The Kafka Chronicles is an adventure into the psyche of an ultracontemporary twentysomething artist who is lost in an underworld of drugs and mental terrorism, where he encounters a cast of angry yet sensual characters: Alkaloid Boy and Blue Sky, an inconspicuous and loving couple who find themselves subjected to constant government harassment; General Psyche and his sidekick Major Uptight, the military officers responsible for controlling the media upon briefing room during the Gulf War; King Bohemia, a guerilla-artist who hosts wild orgies; and, of course, Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one day and finds himself living in the eco-anarchy of postmodern America.

The Kafka Chronicles ignites a hyper-language that explores the relationship between style and substance, self and sexuality, and identity and difference. Amerika's energetic prose uses all available tracks, mixes vocabularies, and samples genres. Taking its cue from the recent explosion of angst-driven rage found in the alternative rock music scene, this novel reveals the unsettled voice of America's next generation.

"In The Kafka Chronicles, postmodernist chef Mark Amerika serves up an exotic and tast bouillabaisse whose delightfully bizarre ingredients include succulent chunks of Leyner, Baudrillard, Kafka, Bataille, Jameson and cyberpunk all simmered in a rich sauce of nowspeak, advertising lingo and Sonic Youth lyrics not to be passed up!" — Larry McCaffery, author of Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyperpunk and Postmodern SF and Across the Wounded Galaxies: Interviews with Contemporary American SF Writers

"Mark Amerika not only plays music—the rhythm, the sound of his words and sentences—he plays verbal meanings as if they're music/ I'm not just talking about music. Amerika is showing us that William Burroughs came out of jazz knowledge and that now everything's political-and everything's coming out through the lens of sexuality." — Kathy Acker, author of Empire of the Senseless and Blood and Guts in High School

Excerpt

Sin Handling was overloading on wicked thoughts that made her feel totally uncomfortable around him. He had just met her at the Café Savoy drinking ginseng tea reading another spy-sex novel by Karel Atwood. Atwood was a local author who frequented the Savoy. Somebody would be speeding and nervous enough to approach her and then the deal would be cut. The revolution would be televised after all. Sin was handling this energy better than expected. She was comfortable with him. She was a café reading ginseng tea and then the deal. A local author who was handling this spy-sex novel better than expected, was overloading. Somebody would spread the newsprint on her swollen belly and the revolution would smear. Tortuous music encapsulated the nightmare technocracy in just under four minutes. Her beauty marks were commercial breaks subliminally forecasting the facsimile of nature's imminent death. Squads of mod godheads sipping espresso naked in a spy-sex novel, she spread a tortuous revolution on his chest in just under four minutes. Sin was handling this better than drinking ginseng tea. The facsimile of nightmare technocracy dreamt about the godhead nervous enough to approach her and be televised after all. This energy would smear the local author and then the deal would be cut. Encapsulated commercial. Breaks forecasting imminent death squads losing integrity as they come closer together. Freer in densely populated counterinsurgencies that made her feel totally uncomfortable. Nervous enough to deal. Somebody would smear. A local author. The revolution was handling this better than sin. Beauty marks on her belly encapsulated the spy-sex novel. Karel was comfortable with her. An added touch of wickedness. Nobody but you subliminally forecasting the dream of revolution televised by the local author at the Café Savoy where Sin was approaching Karel after all. He offered her his hand in marriage. She said he was too encapsulated. Their fingers peeled off until only the bone mattered. Drinking ginseng tea they read the newsprint. Dreamt about the nightmare. The program's takeover with an added touch of integrity. They come closer together. Better than expected.