Jason Bahbek Mohaghegh joins us to discuss Omnicide 2, out soon from Urbanomic.
From Urbanomic/MIT Press: An infernal catalogue of manic visionaries, inspired by the poetry of the Middle East.
In a new work in which conceptual elaboration, storytelling, and poetics are fused in the infernal heat of the desert, the cycle of Omnicide draws to a close with a philosophy of doom, deception, and the game, plunging headlong into the inevitable, the fatal, and the infinite.
A series of controlled combustions fuelled by fragments drawn from the poetry and literature of the Middle-East, Omnicide II introduces us to a new cast of manic visionaries, from the Selemaniac to the Crystallomaniac, the Bibliomaniac to the Aeromaniac. Amid war cries and lullabies, mages, wolves and pelicans, sabers and crystals, drones and soul-stealers, and in settings ranging from opium dens to Qatari luxury hotels, Mohaghegh's unique style and methodology, dizzying breadth of references, and implacable will to follow the most deranging lines of thought and evoke the most startling images, draw the reader into territories disturbing and unfamiliar, atmospheres delicate and grotesque, moods morbid yet life-affirming.
The utterly absorbing music of Mohaghegh's writing both lulls and disquiets—a contemporary Necronomicon, an inexhaustible treasury of recipes for disaster, catastrophe, ruination and destruction, all in the name of the most intense creation.
The book: https://mitpress.mit.edu/9781733628167/omnicide-ii/
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