‘The Great Scroll of Banciao’: BOOK REVIEW

REALITY WITHOUT THE TV: 'The Great Scroll' is an underground classic in Taiwan expat literature.
“The Great Scroll of Banciao,” by Trista di Genova and Zoro A. Star. Illustrations: Mark Perrault
Taipei: Lone Wolf Press, 2012 (Chapbook 2004). ITEM ID 002
ISBN: 978-986-88302-3-3  PRICE: 200NT/US$8/e-book US$4

Review by Penelope Mulligan, critic for Terminal City and Discorder magazine:

“Smart, bratty and relentlessly dystopian, The Great Scroll of Banciao begins like a mock dissertation from some esoteric research project. It quickly shape-shifts into a dream diary from hell. Careening through excruciating accounts of state-sanctioned torture and making studious digressions into matters of overpopulation and mass psychosis, the Scroll is also alarmingly relevant. Di Genova and Star have managed a raucous invocation of their culture theorist gurus (Baudrillard, Debord and Foucault hover the most insistently) as they roll out a world where all is synthetic–even memory of the real–and where everything has become spectacle.”

Read the Introduction to The Great Scroll of Banciao or an excerpt from “The Torture Show”

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