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Eurydice in the Underworld

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This is an anthology of short fiction and other writings by Acker, including Politics, her debut work written at the age of 21, and The Translations of the Diaries of Laure the Schoolgirl, plus The Birth of a Poet, a play in three acts. It also features an interview with Acker.
Paperback, 188 pages
Published August 28th 1998 by Arcadia Books (first published August 4th 1998)
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Onur Y
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Uzun zamandır böylesi sert bir metin okuma isteğindeydim. Ama bir türlü kısmet olmuyordu. Depresif metinler epeyce yordu beni son dönemde. Ve isteyenin bir yüzünü kara çıkardı Kathy Acker. Eserleriyle ilk tanışma serüveni de bu kitap ile başladı, muhakkak devamı gelecek. Türkçeye çevrilmeyen eserlerini de okuma niyetim olduğunu söyleyebilirim.

Diğer yandan Eurydice / Orpheus hikayesi çok uzun zamandır ilgimi çeken bu mite dair ilk uyarlama Brian Large'ın müzikali idi. Magdalena Kozená ve Madeline
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Viola V
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, shattering. Contrasting her first writing with her last writing. The 1997 stories, drawing from Acker's experiences with the breast cancer that would eventually kill her, are heartbreaking.
Jens
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it

Kathy Acker (1947-1997) was a literary terrorist. She was a novelist, performance artist, playwright and essayist. Kathy Acker is known for her postmodern, experimental, and sex-positive feminism. Her radical and at times seemingly anarchic aesthetic stances made Kathy Acker a Punk icon.

The quote above taken out of KATHY ACKER - BIOGRAPHY, gives one a good idea as to what to expect from the work. The first part of this collection is the play / short story Eurydice in the Underworld which was wri
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Nico Scagliarini
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I have to admit I skipped the two "very play" plays "The birth of the poet" and "Requiem" because I can never enjoy reading plays, as I don't enjoy watching musicals. But as William S. Burroughs says "Acker gives her work the power to mirror the reader's soul" so I decided to stick to what I could relate to. And I have to say I could relate to some passages so close that it made me uncomfortable. And I nothing but appreciate a book that is able to give me some strong emotions, helped by Acker's ...more
Alex Lee
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I am kind of tired of all these collections of early Acker work, as they repeat and milk her writings. Much of this is still understated, as this includes works in progress, various attempts at subversions and so on. Still, like many of these collections of her earlier writings, if you like her stuff and want more, this is one way to get at it. I wouldn't read any of these collections if you were just looking for a taste. Read Pussy King of the Pirates, Blood and Guts in Highschool or Empire of ...more
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Born of German-Jewish stock, Kathy Acker was brought up by her mother and stepfather (her natural father left her mother before Kathy was born) in a prosperous district of NY. At 18, she left home and worked as a stripper. Her involvement in the sex industry helped to make her a hit on the NY art scene, and she was photographed by the newly fashionable Robert Mapplethorpe. Preferring to be known s ...more
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