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Fiction. The definitive new edition of an underground classic, updated with vintage art. THE ANARCHIST'S GIRLFRIEND walks the Bowery in early 1980's New York City and absorbs the atmosphere and emotions of those around her. Both mystic and blank canvas, the AG's encounters reflect her society art, politics, business, religion. Inspired by Dostoyevsky's divine Idiot, the AFiction. The definitive new edition of an underground classic, updated with vintage art. THE ANARCHIST'S GIRLFRIEND walks the Bowery in early 1980's New York City and absorbs the atmosphere and emotions of those around her. Both mystic and blank canvas, the AG's encounters reflect her society art, politics, business, religion. Inspired by Dostoyevsky's divine Idiot, the AG is a clairvoyant Brooklyn Go-Go Girl who designs clothes of the future. Delightfully retro and powerfully prescient, the novel satirizes New York's bohemian underground and the America of any time. The AG's roommates include her beloved Anarchist, a silkscreen artist who wants to resolve Ireland's "troubles" with organic food, and nihilistic Sandy, a video verite switchboard operator. The story also involves the Llama, who's in the religion business, and his employee, Wayne, a deaf mute journalist with a nose for truth. As passion and hypocrisy erupt in a cloud of dust, character becomes destiny in this novel of ideas. The AG must save her imperiled city. And in the end, innocence is not lost but transcended."...

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ISBN : 9781938349522
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 412 Pages
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The Anarchist's Girlfriend Reviews

  • Carla
    2018-11-05 00:58

    This is a wildly entertaining novel-- seriously wacky, inventive and original. The plot manages to incorporate three different weird (Pynchonese) conspiracies/groups-- each well-drawn, persuasive and fresh- and naturally, they collide. The author draws their self-enclosed realities with pitch-perfect comedy; -and I loved the absence of traditional, hackneyed corporate villains, cops, etc. Also, the details of downtown arty Manhattan are sharp and funny. All in all, a joyride.

  • Susan Weinstein
    2018-11-14 21:54

    The Anarchist’s Girlfriend walks the Bowery in early 1980’s New York City and absorbs the atmosphere and emotions of those around her. Her encounters reflect her society—art, politics, business, religion. Inspired by Dostoyevsky’s divine “Idiot,” the AG is a clairvoyant Brooklyn Go-Go Girl who designs clothes of the future.Her roommates include her beloved Anarchist, a silkscreen artist, who wants to resolve Ireland’s “troubles” with organic food, and nihilistic Sandy, a video vérité switchboard operator. The story also involves the Llama, who’s in the religion business, and his employee, Wayne, a deaf mute journalist with a nose for truth. All are involved, as passion and hypocrisy erupt in a cloud of dust. And the AG must save her imperiled city.Delightfully retro and powerfully prescient, this novel of ideas satirizes New York’s bohemian underground and the America of any time. Character truly becomes destiny and in the end, innocence is not lost but transcended.Merged review:The Anarchist's Girlfriend reimagines The Idiot as a psychic GoGo Dancer who designs clothes of the future. She walks the Bowery of 1980's New York and absorbs the atmosphere and emotions of those around her. I loved that this is, Like the Idiot, a novel that satirizes the New York of the Bohemian underground, as well as the America of any time. There are her roommates the nihilistic Sandy, a video-veritie artist switchboard operator and the beloved Anarchist, a silk screen artist who wants to resolve Ireland's troubles with organic food, there is the Llama in the Religion business, and his employee, Wayne the deaf-mute journalist, with a head for truth. Wayne and others probe the mystery of the AG.Like the "divine" idiot, her pure spirit is the counterweight to those who would destroy her city with dust. Make no mistake, this is a zany, deeply funny heartfelt book. And at the end innocense is not lost but transcended

  • Peter Cherches
    2018-11-06 21:13

    Having lived in the East Village in the '80s, I can say from experience that The Anarchist's Girlfriend captures the spirit of the time, real and surreal. Like Balzac and Zola, it's the novel as social history, and like Don DeLillo, it captures that weird parallel universe version of a place that's frighteningly close to home. Fans of DeLillo in particular should be attracted to this work.

  • Ann Schwartz
    2018-11-06 23:08

    A careening and suspenseful trip through not only pre-9/11, pre-cell phone Manhattan but into the souls of unforgettable characters...and further, into the world of ideas. Daring to delve into philosophy, metaphysics, politics, psychology, and even art, the author makes you think, feel, and ponder. Yet she’s never, ever didactic, it’s all part of the compelling story: a plot to create a horrendous event, and the love inspired by the title character--the luminous, lovely, and clairvoyant anarchist’s girlfriend. In a way, this is also a coming of age story as even mature charactes such as the Irishman anarchist; the Llama, a heavy in a church that will remind you of Scientology; and a deaf-mute writer make new choices for their lives. Don’t be put off by the long cast of characters in the very beginning, or you’ll miss the sights of smells of gritty old New York, the wonderful outfits the anarchist’s girlfriend designs, and her apartment mate Sandy’s bizarre collage. The writing is modern and hip; the surprises keep coming. The Anarchist’s Girlfriend is a unique treat.

  • Susan Chalfin
    2018-11-15 23:17

    The Anarchist's Girlfriend takes a trip back to the artistic, literary and political ferment of the late 70s Lower East Side. A megalomaniac religious guru, an embittered revolutionary, an Irish anarchist and a deaf mute journalist all clash in a nihilistic plot to destroy Manhattan. The city is saved by the anarchist's girlfriend, a go-go dancer/fashion designer with the wise naivete of Doestoyevsky's "Idiot," and a talent for extra-sensory perception. I enjoyed the panorama of a grittier New York, the interplay of the many fascinating characters, and the way the initially innocent heroine learns to take charge of her life and confront the real world.