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The Resource Torpor, Chris Kraus

Torpor, Chris Kraus

Label
Torpor
Title
Torpor
Statement of responsibility
Chris Kraus
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Set at the dawn of the New World Order, Chris Kraus's third novel, Torpor loops back to the beginning of the decade that was the basis of I Love Dick, her pseudo-confessional cult-classic debut. It's summer, 1991, post-MTV, pre-AOL. Jerome Shafir and Sylvie Green, two former New Yorkers who can no longer afford an East Village apartment, set off on a journey across the entire former Soviet Bloc with the specious aim of adopting a Romanian orphan. Nirvana's on the radio everywhere, and wars are erupting across Yugoslavia. Unhappily married to Jerome, a 53-year-old Columbia University professor who loathes academe, Sylvie thinks only of happiness. At 35, she dreams of stuffed bears and wonders why their lives lack the tremulous sincerity that pervades thirtysomething, that season's hot new TV show. There are only two things, Sylvie thinks, that will save them: a child of their own, and the success of The Anthropology of Unhappiness, her husband's long-postponed book on the Holocaust. But as they move forward toward impoverished Romania, Jerome's memories of his father's extermination at Auschwitz and his own childhood survival impede them. Savagely ironic and deeply lyrical, Torpor explores the swirling mix of nationalisms, capital flows and negative entropy that define the present, haunted by the persistence of historical memory. Written in the third person, it is her most personal novel to date."--Publisher's website
Member of
Cataloging source
TEF
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Kraus, Chris
Dewey number
813/.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3561.R2873
LC item number
T67 2006
Literary form
fiction
Series statement
Semiotexte native agents series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Romania
Label
Torpor, Chris Kraus
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
64130134
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9781584350279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781584350279
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Torpor, Chris Kraus
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
64130134
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9781584350279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781584350279
Other physical details
illustrations

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