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History and literature seem to be losing ground to the brave new world of electronic media and technology, and battle lines are being drawn between the humanities and technology, the first world and the third world, women and men. Narrator Mira Enketei erases those boundaries in her punning monologue, blurring the texts of Herodotus with the callers to a talk-radio program, and blending contemporary history with ancient: fairy-tale and literal/invented people (the kidnappers of capitalism, a girl-warrior from Somalia, a pop singer, a political writer), connected by an elaborate mock-genealogy stretching back to the Greek gods, move in and out of each other's stories. The narrator sometimes sees herself as Cassandra, condemned by Apollo to prophesy but never to be believed, enslaved by Agamemnon after the fall of Troy. Brooke-Rose amalgamates ancient literature with modern crises to produce a powerful novel about the future of culture.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 1984 : UK Hardback
Title: Amalgamemnon
Author(s): Christine Brooke-Rose
ISBN: 0-85635-539-9 / 978-0-85635-539-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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Paperback Editions

July 1994 : USA Paperback
Title: Amalgamemnon (British Literature)
Author(s): Christine Brooke-Rose
ISBN: 1-56478-050-3 / 978-1-56478-050-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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September 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Amalgamemnon
Author(s): Christine Brooke-Rose
ISBN: 1-85754-815-9 / 978-1-85754-815-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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