July 19, 1987 |
Rats take over the world in the posthuman era after Doomsday, in this tragicomic, dizzyingly inventive novel that's as intricate as the inner workings of a baroque clock. The protagonist is a man who asks for, and receives, a Christmas rat under the tree as a present. "She plays with my fears, she can feel them. So I talk in self-defense." Soon, the She-rat emerges in his imagination and dreams. She tells him about the historical experiences of rats.
October 27, 1985 |
"He would suddenly be playing soccer with a soft hadrak under the blooming cherry trees of his hometown. . . . Or chewing his dinner, he would dream that he was trying to pawn the violin expropriated from La Belle Epoque to his old music teacher, who now appraised large radios at Cash in a Flash downtown, while outside, Russian tanks, looking like miserable little electric shavers in the vast scale of the skyscraper canyon, rolled through skid row."