This is a punk, fairy-tale reimagining of Charles Dickens’s original masterpiece. Pip, our narrator – familiar and unfamiliar – is transplanted to New York City in the 1980s; an orphan whose adventures incorporate desire, gender and identity, the dislocation between sex and love, art and creativity, social unrest, feminism, porn and sadism. S/he becomes a sailor, a pirate, a rebel and an outlaw.
‘New York City is very peaceful and quiet, and the pale grey mists are slowly rising, to show me the world’
Pip switches identities, sexes and centuries in this punk, fairytale reimagining of Charles Dickens’s original Great Expectations. Both familiar and unfamiliar, our orphaned narrator is transplanted to New York City in the 1980s; becoming, by turns, a sailor, a pirate, a rebel and an outlaw, through adventures incorporating desire, creativity, porn, sadism and art. This ribald explosion of literature, sex and violence shows the literary anarchist Kathy Acker at her most brilliant and brave.
‘Acker’s most accomplished experimental work’ The Village Voice
‘A postmodern Colette with echoes of Cleland’s Fanny Hill’ William S. Burroughs