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But what a prison!

To discover why he would say dicsh a thing, I encourage you to read this distinctive novel for yourself. I concentraacion glad I didn’t read his SF, though, while he was still around: The reviewer who called it “exciting, allegorical, suspenseful, disturbing.

We’re at war, you know! I need more time with that portion, and I need to read the whole thing again at a time when I can focus on it and only it.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? At the time, it was the Vietnam war. Un libro difficile da affrontare, sia per il tema trattato che per il tipo di scrittura. I skimmed more of the monologues than I care to admit and really didn’t miss much. Apr 06, Shannon Giraffe Days rated it liked it Shelves: Preview — Camp Concentration by Thomas M.

It was very depressing and morbid, but still a fantastic and chillingly interesting book to read through. Poet and cynic, Thomas M. The prisoners in the book appear to be fascinated by alchemywhich they used as an elaborate cover for their escape plans.

The book’s narrator, you see, is a poet, and he casually deploys scores of allusions, some of which I recognized and others I couldn’t follow. Very weird and out there speculation about expanded intelligence that foreshadows work by Chiang and Egan and some of the apocalyptic verve of Tiptree jr. I’m honestly surprised that it isn’t more well-known; it was insightful, deep and thought-provoking, while still offering vivid characters, imagery, vocabulary and scenery.


A sudden descent or attack. Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7″ by 4. In this alternate America, the country didn’t stop with Vietnam. Her only real function in the plot is her vagina, and the main character and another high ranking official, Haast, constantly make disparaging remarks about her apparent sexual conservatism. While you might not expect such a dramatic change as in Algernon’s Charlie, you should expect some subtle change in writing, or in the behavior of those around him who were in different phases of the disease.

He’s slightly cheeky, has a bit of a split personality, and is very much a voice that bridges us the readers to this world gone crazy. Disch doesn’t show his hand, or even his prose, right away. Sacchetti’s journal tells a horrific story, but how much can we believe when it apparently has been through the prison censors.

Aug 13, Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it Shelves: Nor, as an adult, would I consider giving it to a child. He is a hammy stage actor on paper and it hurts reading his thoughts and then thinking about the implications of those thoughts.

The parallels in this book abound, but with the notion of poisoned minds, whether by the State which is engaged in perpetual war or through the experiments in Camp Archimedes, where Sacchetti has been sent to participate in tests of a new mind-expanding drug, one is reminded that this book was written during the middle of the Viet Nam War era.

concentravion It’s a great weepie, and I am one of many people who love it. The first of these seemed inevitable, the second plausible but under-explored, and the third surprising and yet oddly lacking impact.

People being whisked off to black ops sites where they are incomunicado with the rest of the world?

Camp Concentration

It’s an ingenious view of dystopia that uses all the tricks in the canon – including Joycean babble – to a definite purpose.


Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Finally, the language is stilted, quite unattractive to read. I mention this because Camp Concentration is told in the first person as the journal of Louis Sacchetti, poet and draft resistor cxmpo is the sand the question of its reliability is just as important as in Nabokov’s meta-fictional work. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Thoma 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.

Once again, it is well written and you may like it. May 02, Miriam rated it really liked it Shelves: He’s credible both as a character and as an author.

Title: Camp Concentration

Unfortunately, the drug is based on a bug that is related to syphilis and results in the untimely death of the test subject. Dec 03, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: It was first published in and is set in a near future that is now decades past.

Want to Read saving…. The poet is sent to a secret camp where prisoners are given an experimental drug without their knowledge or consent, a drug that increases intelligence but in less than a year will most certainly cause death. Casa Editrice La Tribuna. Here’s another example, just for good measure: It’s black comedy, dark comedy, and the prisoners-cum-geniuses are like Shakespearian characters.

New Worlds Speculative Fiction, August My initial high hopes melted to bemusement. When Louis Sacchetti, a poet and war protestor, is moved from his prison to a secret underground camp called Camp Archimedes, he is at first bemused and impressed by the good food yet wary.