“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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His choices of vocabulary take on a showy effervescence—this book is littered with five-dollar words such as ‘hyperdulia’, ‘rodomontade’, ‘illapses’, ‘epithesis’— of Nabokovian proportions, and he will toss in occasional passages in foreign tongues to keep readers on their toes.

Was I supposed to know there were clues and that I was reading a mystery book? Joseph Bottum wrote of him quite fondly for The Weekly Concentraitonand an article in the Boston Review praised in his first book, Yup, we’ve got those. Posted by Jesse at 5: It would make a good book to read with other people, in order to share ideas and impressions.

Sacchetti’s job is to chronicle the goings-on at Archimedes in a daily journal that is sent to Haast and other select members of the concentrarion. That does not prove to be the case.

Camp Concentration by Tom Disch

I need more time with that portion, and I need to read the whole thing again at a time when I can concsntration on it and only it. Disch offers a more cohesive work than either these exemplars of experimental sci-fi, and even when he stretches his sentences and paragraphs beyond traditional notions of coherence, he still finds a way to tie them credibly into the story at hand.

Disch, age 28 inthe publication year of Camp Concentration As other reviews have mentioned, this book is not perfect. The pictures are nice. In other words, they prove to be very much like Tom Disch himself. Is Sacchetti like one of Plato’s banished artists? Part of the problem for me is that this is a very old novel and it did not age particularity well. When Disch is off – it just turns into nonsense, drivel, a I suspect people will think I give this “only” concentraion stars because I don’t like Disch’s “strong language” that he uses against the Establishment.


But many in the country, both in and out of the service, did not agree.

Sachetti’s role at the camp, according to Haast, the ex-military man with a dubious record and a mystical streak who runs the place, is to simply record what he observes. Maybe now that Disch has sadly left us this deserves to be considered a classic of 20th Century fiction: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Does he mean anybody killed by these bombs were innocent victims? This page was last edited on 30 Mayat Below are a number of concentrstion direct quotes from the pages of Louis Sacchetti’s diary that, in effect, comprises Camp Concentration.

We experience the story Written inI concrntration the book is a reflection on America’s involvement in Vietnam but reading it inI felt like it is talking directly about things that are happening now. We get a very narrow field of vision, seeing and understanding only what Sacchetti shares with us, and because his transcripts are being openly read every day by HH cwmp the psychiatrist, Dr Busk, he’s not even a terribly reliable narrator.

I have encountered many writers who possess the twisted, wild skills of imagination germane to speculative fiction, but I have rarely seen them execute their visions with such facility. But once he has lulled you into complacency and snuck up on you, oh man.

Without all the psychology and psychoanalysis study that I have now, I would have been more impressed. This is a thinking novel and with dialogue carrying on the weight to get across the points. I can’t tell if they’re made up, incorrect grammar, or words that have become obsolete or are out of my field – like “stelae”.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Tom’s prose is knife sharp, and allusions to Dante, Marlowe, Rilke, Goethe, et al. Nov 13, Pete Young rated it it was amazing.

After an initial period in a normal prison sharing a cell with criminals, he is transferred to a mysterious underground base. The implication could be that the war is something that those of genius transcend, or perhaps merely disregard? Sacchetti, who is obese, has a number of ironic visions involving other obese historical and intellectual figures, such as Thomas Aquinas.


If you can find this book, I strongly recommend taking the time to read it. Once again, it is well written and you may like it. Camp Concentration also contains cpncentration that might look unnervingly close to the present dystopia: Jun 22, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reading it was a journey into an alternative world that, unfortunately, was all too believable. Yet, I did not follow the thinking all them much.

Camp Concentration

View all 37 comments. 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 the protag himself.

One thing I found problematic was the fact that unlike he somewhat similar book “flowers for algernon”, you can’t see the progress of the disease in anyone.

Forse non ho capito appieno tutto quello che l’autore voleva dire, potrei volerlo rileggere in futuro. Refresh and try again. I like sf books that take place in the present day, or rather, the present day of their composition. I loved the tone of the novel, Sacchetti’s voice, even though there were some problems with it, as I’ll go into below. Makes the read a sad read, honestly, especially knowing how Disch, himself, ends.

Camp Concentration – Wikipedia

The inmates stage a play Faustus by Kit Marlow and the poet pens a play Auschwitz: As for the story, it is as I mentioned rather uneventful, even ponderous. For fans of Bukowski and Vonnegut and Burroughs. Here is a helpful list of a few words you may not use every day: