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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Cassandra Troyan's Kill Manual plunges the reader through a series of bizarre exchanges and extreme situations in an intense examination of schizophrenic desire. The residual effects of pleasure, shame, and pursuit of capital pervade its contortions, at once brilliant achievements and a formal nightmare.
Paperback, 178 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Artifice Books (first published September 22nd 2014)
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Nate D
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: personal abysses
Recommended to Nate D by: Personal ads
Form greatly enhances coherence. Alone, these fragments in and around the psychological and emotional content of BDSM would have their undeniable innate impact (even a highly visceral one at times) but might fall away into disconnected thematic repetitions. But through careful alternation of elements, Troyan builds rhythms, cadences, an overriding momentum driving this out to its furthest extents. With just, say, the poetic blood-shed without the vaguely predatory personal ads (and their gradual ...more
Tim Jones-Yelvington
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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cassandra paddles my stud cunt and makes me squirm DEAR GODDESS deliver me into shame
Victor Giron
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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moves the reader thru the flux between suffering/pleasure that define and intensify/give meaning to each other in almost 200 pages of accounts of BDSM (& digital exchanges between practitioners) & degrees of own pleasure/repulsion in such descriptions and confessions of sadomaochistic desire. / I failed the test on Kristeva but will write anyway that this text puts the language of abjection at play in intense, necessary ways. the text is echoing strangely as I turn to others that describe violen ...more
Jessica Reads & Rambles
1.5 stars. Purely a cover buy. In retrospect I was never going to enjoy this, definitely not my thing!
John Schlotfelt
Musical Pairing(s): Jean-Michele Blais - II; Sun Ra Arkestra - Strange Strings; Julianna Barwick - Will

I think the last time my notions of 'good writing' were so thoroughly challenged was Ulysses. That is one of the few things those books have in common.

Troyan's poetry is devastatingly beautiful, raw, and brutal. I have been grasping for days, as I've neared the end of this book, for words to describe this book without sounding trite, missing significant thematic elements, or dismissing my own
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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A unique blend of poetic styles, but readable none the less. A taboo topic gracefully addressed, and explored. Following the protagonist through the poetry narrative was easier than expected and the resolution was clever and profound.

As an outsider to this type of sexual activity, I thought the content would be more shocking. But as with any well written and carefully constructed poetry, the intensity of the message was through emotional imagery and not just detail.

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Cassandra Troyan is a writer, scholar, and ex-artist whose work uses a materialist feminist lens to demarcate space for interventions in the spheres of theory, politics, and culture. They are the author of several books and chapbooks of poetry, most recently A Theory in Tears (ANNOTATIONS & CASES FOR FREEDOM & PROSTITUTION) (Kenning Editions 2016), and have presented, performed, or screened their ...more

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