15/12/13 2.00 PM GMT
My gestalt real-time review of TRANSACTIONS OF THE FLESH (Zagava & Ex Occidente Press 2013) continued from HERE:
An Expiatory Pessimism by Eugene Thacker
“There is just the body withering away, almost yearning to become a corpse, the corpse yearning to become dust. And this is, for Huysmans, the ambivalent, religious horror of hagiography -“
…which seems serendipitously a natural continuation of the previous story’s running to seed of the diary-writer’s body — and this ‘story’ is a fiction that it is fiction at all: assuming these indeed are facts. It is a theme and variations in titled sections: about civil servant Huysmans’ stages of his life and of his literary subject matter … a symphony of leitmotifs, amid an engaging but, for some, disturbing treatment of matters stemming from the legend of Saint Lydwine of Schiedam, broaching the philosophy of suffering and pessimism, followed by religious conversion to Catholicism …. resonating with John’s Monstrance story earlier in this book and with others. This ‘story’ comes appropriately for me as, in the last few days, including today, I have been engaged on-line in an interesting, sometimes bitter, debate about such topics, including the movement of Anti-Natalism as, covered, inter alios, by Thomas Ligotti in his book ‘The Conspiracy Against The Human Race’.
This review continues in the comment stream below as and when I read each of the remaining stories.