Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed
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Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed


Set in a dystopian near-future, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed is a novel - a kind of post-capitalist soap opera - about a group of people who regularly attend 'the meetings.' At the meetings they have agreed to talk, and only talk, about how to re-ignite the left, for fear if they were to do more, if they were to actually engage in real acts of resistance or activism, they would be arrested, imprisoned, or worse. Revenge Fantasies is a book about community. It is also a book about fear. Characters leave the meetings and we follow them out into their lives. The characters we see most frequently are the Doctor, the Writer and the Third Wheel. As the book progresses we see these characters, and others, disengage and re-engage with questions the meetings have brought into their lives. The Doctor ends up running a reality television show about political activism. The Third Wheel ends up in an unnamed Latin American country, trying to make things better but possibly making them worse. The Writer ends up in jail for writing a book that suggests it is politically emancipatory for teachers to sleep with their students. And throughout all of this the meetings continue: aimless, thoughtful, disturbing, trying to keep a feeling of hope and potential alive in what begin to look like increasingly dark times. Revenge Fantasies asks us to think about why so many of us today, even those with a genuine interest in political questions, feel so deeply powerless to change and affect the world that surrounds us, suggesting that, even within such feelings of relative powerlessness, there can still be energizing surges of emancipation and action.

Title:Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:150 pages

    Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed Reviews

  • Jacob Wren
    Jul 15, 2010

    .Reviews that can be found on the internet: an excerpt:

  • Jason Pettus
    Jan 13, 2011

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)Rarely ...

  • Lynne
    Feb 22, 2011

    Everything Jacob Wren touches and interests me, excites me -- he's both sophisticated and innocent in attitude -- he's a kind of wise old man and open-hearted lover. With his vivacious ideas, word pla...

    Jan 06, 2011

    Once again, I'm going to NOT give a rating. This is often the case in reviews I write of poetry bks & somewhat less often in the case of fiction - wch is what this is. When I don't rate something I re...

  • Laura Jean
    Nov 30, 2010

    I have things to say about this book. Things that will be published in the last issue of Porchlight:

  • Grady
    Jan 15, 2011

    'The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves are not necessarily true.'Jacob Wren writes and thinks and expresses and challenges so well that he is an artist that simply cannot be ignored. REVENGE F...

  • Giovanni Gelati
    Feb 12, 2011

    I am enjoying the feedback I am getting from bringing this part of the week here @ The Scoop. I try to bring as many authors to the forefront as I can. As I was discussing with Thomas White during our...

  • Jessica Bell
    Dec 28, 2010

    Ok, despite not being a politically aware person - AT ALL - I really enjoyed this. I was hooked immediately. The style of writing is not commercial at all, and I think that's what drew me in. I was cu...

  • Daniel
    Aug 23, 2012

    I read it because I saw Jacob Wren at some theatrical event in Latvia. He had a presentation about cooperation, capitalism or something like that, but what I really remembered was his very exact way w...

  • Daniel
    Apr 15, 2014

    lifestyle-activism, completely devoid of any actual political contributionspainfully long, straight dude menage a trois fantasyi stopped writing when i was twenty for fear of writing something exactly...

About Jacob Wren

Jacob Wren

Jacob Wren makes literature, collaborative performances and exhibitions. His books include: Unrehearsed Beauty, Families Are Formed Through Copulation, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed, Polyamorous Love Song and Rich and Poor. He is currently working on a book entitled Authenticity is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group