Fassbinder Thousands of Mirrors (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) (Paperback)

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A kaleidoscopic study of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Melodrama, biography, cold war thriller, drug memoir, essay in fragments, and mystery, Thousands of Mirrors is cult critic Ian Penman’s long-awaited first full-length book: a kaleidoscopic study of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Written over a short period "in the spirit" of RWF, who would often get films made in a matter of weeks or months, Thousands of Mirrors presents the filmmaker as Penman’s equivalent of what Baudelaire was to Benjamin: an urban poet in the turbulent, seeds-sown, messy era just before everything changed. Beautifully written and extraordinarily compelling, echoing the fragmentary works of Roland Barthes and Emil Cioran, Eduardo Galeano and Alexander Kluge, this story has everything: sex, drugs, art, the city, cinema, and revolution.

About the Author

Ian Penman is a British writer, music journalist, and critic. He began his career at the NME in 1977, later contributing to various publications including The Face, Arena, Tatler, Uncut, Sight & Sound, The Wire, The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and City Journal. He is the author of Vital Signs: Music, Movies, and Other Manias and It Gets Me Home, This Curving Track.

Praise For…

"A book about a film-maker but also, hauntingly, about the way our tastes and passions change over time."
—Betsy Reed, The Guardian

"Sneakily brilliant … Thousands of Mirrors is wise and chatty, keenly observed and casual."
—Christine Smallwood, 4Columns

"A painfully self-interrogating book, at the centre of which is the "monstrous" figure of Fassbinder, a centrifuge of absurd, gargantuan appetites, impossible productivity, heartbreaking melancholy, ever present paranoia, bleak cruelty, volcanic tantrums and rare, dissembling sweetness."
—John Douglas Miller, Frieze Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9781635901887
ISBN-10: 163590188X
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents