“I have a class theory of literature,” Disch once explained. “I come from the wrong neighborhood to sell to The New Yorker. No matter how good I am as an artist. “And it isn’t just Camp Archimedes. It’s the whole universe. The whole goddamned universe is a fucking concentration camp.” Mordecai rolled back into the pile. In this chillingly plausible work of speculative fiction, Thomas M. Disch imagines an alternate s in which America has declared war on the rest of.

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Two sci-fi tropes are used, complementing and driving the content under examination, to full effect. Books by Thomas M. If somebody wanted to take my friend away, would you stop them, Mummy? This is a thinking novel and with dialogue carrying on the weight to get across the points. You know the main character is infected only because he writes a play he thinks is his best work and gets a dream about it, but there’s nothing in his actual writing to indicate the progress of the disease and his burgeoning intellect.

He’s like the jolly fat man he describes himself as obeseand even when he’s feeling other moods, his underlying personality is still there.

Very weird and out there speculation about expanded intelligence that foreshadows work cxmp Chiang and Egan and some of the apocalyptic verve of Tiptree jr. I need not explain to you the fundamental importance of education with respect to the national defense effort. After an initial period in a normal prison sharing a cell with criminals, he is transferred to a mysterious underground csmp. I find that it isn’t easy to run across books by Thomas Disch, he’s a fairly obscure pulp scifi author.

One of those authors who lulls the reader along with effortless prose, seems to always have that nice turn of phrase to embed meaning, and utilizes simile in restrained yet precise fashion, reading the text is enjoyable in itself. What’s dated at least from the point of view of the Bush Administration is not the dystopia of the protagonist’s environment, but the literary preciosity of discy protag himself.


Camp Concentration – Wikipedia

Camp Concentration is the story of Louis Sanchetti, conscientious objector, and his resulting imprisonment in an experimental American prison.

There’s some question how much the author is faithfully writing from the point of view of a self-indulgent literary figure and how much the author is actually indulging in being a self-indulgent literary figure.

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In recent years, Disch had turned to ironically moralized horror novels like The BusinessmanThe MDThe Priest and The Sub in which the nightmare of American suburbia is satirized through the terrible things that happen when the disfh gives people the chance to do what they really really want. Want to Read saving…. Consider that the transcripts of the atrocity trials are already, these many years, offered for our entertainment in theaters.

Disch is one of damp highly praised sf writers that I have always assumed would not live up to his reputation. We had to be certain you were harmless. The first of these seemed inevitable, the second plausible cpncentration under-explored, and the third surprising and yet oddly lacking impact. But on the big day, nothing goes as expected – least of all for Sacchetti, who finally realises the truth about his role in Camp Archimedes. Dec 07, Sam rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Quotes from Camp Concentration.

HarperCollins Distribution Services Cxmp Was I supposed to know there were clues and that I was reading a mystery book?

A Novel Author s: I felt that the plot and big reveal for “Camp Concentration” might be worth the slog, but it was not always an enjoyable experience. It would make a good book to read with other people, in order to share concentratiln and impressions. The director of the camp, General Humphrey Haast – or “HH” as Sacchetti calls him – has had Louis brought there in order for him to keep a detailed record of the project.

Encouraged by cammp prison warden, derided by the prison doctor, intrigued by his fellow inmates, and balked at by the prison psychiatrist, Sanchetti faithfully records his thoughts and ideas—as abstract as they come—in concsntration journal.


As another inmate undergoing the drug treatment that enhances intelligence, Mordecai has become obsessed with alchemy to the bewilderment of Sachetti.

Camp Concentration is Algernon’s evil twin. This is their Faustian bargain: Seriously though this will leave you starved for science fiction written by a WRITER as opposed to a thinker or a schemer. Camp Concentration Disch, Thomas Concentratipn.

He describes the bombing of his German town thus: Dhalgren Delany, Samuel R. Camp Concentration was published in Now, Disch is very transparent – along with all of his issues and troubles.

Camp Concentration

Those infected get smarter with each passing month, demonstrating a remarkable ability to assimilate technical and cultural knowledge.

At the time, it was the Vietnam war. Disch could, and it’s odd that more people haven’t come across him. But what a prison!

Views Read Edit View history. Still, I didn’t find it rife with ideas – ones I could grasp – as I would have liked, and expected, of speculative fiction. I found the novel unsettling and intriguing, yet perhaps the message it conveyed most strongly was the paranoia and confusion associated with the Cold War.

Disch more questions about science fiction—although I wish I had— but to stress the wide-ranging activities of this intensely creative individual, who is too often pigeonholed as a one-dimensional genre writer.

Talk about a book that makes you doubt yourself! But even when Disch keeps closest to the conventions of genre fiction, his writing is infused with symbolic resonances you won’t find in, say Robert Heinlein or Arthur C. There is only one black character Mordecai and one female character Dr.

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