Dreamerika!: A Surrealist Fantasy
Paperback $19.99 - Bloomsbury
Fiction - Published: 7/Jan/2020 - ISBN: 9780714549071
Dreamerika!, Alan Burns' s fourth novel, first published in 1972, provides a satirical look at the Kennedy political dynasty, serving up an idiosyncratic hotch-potch of history that gives an old tragedy new meaning. For this book, Burns collected newspaper clippings, headlines, cartoons and photographs, cut them up, filed them and then interspersed them throughout his text to create a collage of contrasting effects.
Presented in a fragmented form that reflects societ' s disintegration, Dreamerika! fuses fact and dream, resulting in a surreal biography, an alternate history which lays bare the corruption and excesses of capitalism just as the heady idealism of the 1960s has begun to fade.
A trained lawyer, Alan Burns (1929 - 2013) became a celebrated novelist and playwright, loosely associated with the 1960s British experimental circle of writers led by B.S. Johnson. He is best known for Europe after the Rain (1965), Celebrations (1967), Babel (1969) and Dreamerika! (1972). Dreamerika! provides a satirical look at the Kennedy political dynasty, interspersed with newspaper clippings, headlines, cartoons and photographs to create a collage of contrasting effects
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