Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Diegeses” as Want to Read:
Diegeses
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Diegeses

by
4.28  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In Diegeses, acclaimed novelist and critic D. Harlan Wilson channels the "schiz-flows" of Ballard, Kierkegaard, Kafka, Burroughs, and Deleuze and Guattari in two interconnected novelettes. "The Bureau of Me" and "The Idaho Reality" follow a man who goes only by the name of Curd into the nightmarish prism of his own ego. In an ominous, darkly surreal near-future, Curd is vi ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published June 2013 by Anti-Oedipus Press (first published January 24th 2013)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Diegeses, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Diegeses

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.28  · 
Rating details
 ·  32 ratings  ·  11 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
David
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writing a review of Wilson's work is always a challenging prospect. I mean, the idea that I can break all of this down, digest it, and regurgitate some kind of synopsis that accurately describes this kind of book is ludicrous. If you've read Wilson's work, you know what I mean. If you haven't, then you should read and see what I mean. Still, this is an impressive showing from Wilson: a fractalistic splatter of images and language that is simultaneously cerebral and instinctual. Can I elaborate? ...more
S.T. Cartledge
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Diegeses is the same old D. Harlan Wilson we know and love. His writing flows from one sentence to another to another real smooth and yet the events which occur may be violently absurd or incredibly jarring.

Diegeses is a story told in two parts: The Bureau of Me, and the Idaho Reality. The Bureau of Me is focused on the specific happenings of a man named Curd, where the Idaho Reality covers everything outside of that. Curd is in it, but he is not the centre of it. If you know D. Harlan Wilson, y
...more
Nick Cato
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wilson's latest is comprised of two novellas, each a bizarre trip through the eyes of a curious gent named Curd.

In 'The Bureau of Me,' a mysterious group attempt to get Curd to join their organization through the author's always mind-warping narrative. We're in some kind of futuristic society where cannibalism may or may not be symbolic and our anti-hero likes to drink profusely to try and figure things out. Curd eventually discovers the Bureau may be run by mothmen and deals with his constant d
...more
Sheldon
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro, fiction, e-books
diegeses: noun, pl. di·e·ge·ses [dahy-uh-jee-seez]
1. the telling of a story by a narrator who summarizes events in the plot and comments on the conversations, thoughts, etc., of the characters.
2. the sphere or world in which these narrated events and other elements occur.
(from Dictionary.com )

“What the...?” is probably the first thing most people will say to themselves while reading Diegeses by D. Harlan Wilson. It's the first book published by Anti-Oedipus Press and is currently only available
...more
Matthew Vaughn
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, bizarro, reviewed
This is the second piece of work I have read by D Harlan Wilson with the first being his short collection, They Had Goat Heads, which was fantastic. Wilson is an exceptional author. He is the thinking man’s bizarro writer. So when the opportunity to read his newest book, Diegeses came about I jumped at the chance and sure enough I was not disappointed.

The book is split into two halves. The first half is The Bureau of Me. Here we have Curd, a business man of some sort who is being pursued by age
...more
Emory
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two novellas brought together in one file tied inexorably together by one asshole.

Who else but D. Harlan Wilson could pull that off?

Playing upon his strengths as both an academic writer and his preternatural gift of stream-of-(post)consciousness, Wilson presents the reader with an examination of both a personal existentialist quandary and the conundrum of the greater existence of reality with "The Bureau of Me." In this part we are introduced to Curd, an asshole typical of Wilson's writing. He i
...more
Jamie Grefe
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro-fiction
D. Harlan Wilson’s DIEGESES destroyed my Saturday evening in the best possible way. I wrote a review about it, but how can one write a review of a book that baffles all of one’s mental models? I suffered. I clawed my teeth out to bring you some words to somehow measure up to Wilson’s brilliance, but I have been known to fall flat and my face is now officially a smear campaign for mothmen. With this in mind, from my small part of the world, I thank you for taking the time to read my review: DIEGE ...more
R.A. Harris
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
D. Harlan Wilson has quickly asserted himself as an exemplary example of a new wave of writers unafraid to engage in what can only be described as “post-storytelling”. Frenetic pace, schizo-language, ultraviolence, ridiculous plots and hilarious characters all conspire to create truly remarkable works of fiction in every one of his books.

His latest, DIEGESES consists of two shorter novellas titled “The Bureau of Me” and “The Idaho Reailty” published by Anti-Oedipus Press – if you have read Deleu
...more
Adam Browne
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what I thought of: Wm Burroughs - especially Burroughs - Michael Moorcock and JG Ballard, their experiments with narrative, their brilliant attempts to reinvent science fiction. Thought too of the early surrealists, and the dadaists - has D Harlan read Alfred Jarry's The Supermale? He should. Especially the bike race.

At first, reading the first few pages, I also thought of The Matrix, a film I dislike. I was worried, I thought the author was ripping it off - but I was wrong (there may be
...more
Bill
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diegeses will go down as "classic D. Harlan Wilson." The pages are layered sheets of reality, mapping the topography of identity with pop media references, flashes of bloody mayhem, and some genuinely funny moments. Mysterious agents pursue a man named Curd, a leg & ass enthusiast who we learn is an eccentric actor in a soap opera. He calls his mother when he gets drunk and refuses to wear the assigned wardrobe during the taping of his TV show. Curd hasn't been feeling well lately. His pligh ...more
Michael
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting book that is two novellas that contain a guy named Curd. It's not something you can easily review because it's truly bizarre and a book you just have to read for yourself to truly get what it's about.

Wilson is a talented writer and while some of the short stories fall a bit flat in the second novella I kept reading just to figure out what it all meant. There had to be some meaning hidden among the chaos. That is for you to decide.

All I will say is that this is a solid book. It for
...more
Robert
rated it liked it
Oct 01, 2014
Valentina
rated it liked it
Aug 04, 2017
Jeremiah Gallivan
rated it really liked it
Feb 27, 2018
Robert Castle
rated it liked it
Apr 16, 2018
John Lawson
rated it it was amazing
Jan 02, 2014
Brian Mcclain
rated it it was amazing
May 17, 2015
Michael Allen Rose
rated it really liked it
Jun 25, 2013
Emily
rated it it was amazing
Jul 03, 2013
J. Osborne
rated it it was amazing
Apr 10, 2013
Wesley Miller
rated it really liked it
Jul 23, 2016
David Barbee
rated it it was amazing
Feb 06, 2013
Arthur Graham
rated it really liked it
Dec 13, 2014
Carol Ann
rated it it was amazing
Jun 08, 2013
Cody Taylor
rated it it was amazing
Mar 11, 2014
Dave
rated it it was amazing
Jan 14, 2014
James
rated it it was amazing
Mar 19, 2015
Vashti Roebuck
rated it liked it
Jul 03, 2013
E
rated it did not like it
Sep 10, 2017
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
279 followers
I'm a novelist, short story writer, literary critic, editor, playwright, publisher, and English professor. I serve as reviews editor for Extrapolation, a journal of SF criticism, and managing editor of Guide Dog Books, the nonfiction syndicate of Raw Dog Screaming Press. I'm also the editor-in-chief of Anti-Oedipus Press.

Here are some of my published books: Natural Complexions (2018), J.G. Ball
...more
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »