Caroline Schneider (Ed.)
A speculative, existentialist novel on the melancholia of revolutionary politics and good intentions, Tirdad Zolghadr’s work is composed of the logorrhea of online communication and unpublished manuscripts. It takes place at the start of the New Zion Empire in 2016—a time of unprecedented dystopic stability with generous drone regiments, awesome capital investments, and more soft-power propaganda than ever employed in modern history.Sergeant Jim of the United States is taken hostage in Yazd, once the proud seat of the Persian Empire, and becomes a wildly popular mouthpiece for Third World rhetoric and anti-Zionist mottos. The abductors (a ghostwriter, an aspiring self-help guru, and an academic) invite a trusted celebrity blogger to their suburban compound to generate hype for their cause and possibly replace Jim as their new abductee. Hilarity ensues.
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