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Cyclonopedia : Complicity with Anonymous Materials is the Staff Pick of the Day

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Reza Negarestani
Cyclonopedia: complicity with anonymous materials
Re.Press
£17.00, Available from Watkins Books

Selected by Hugh from  Watkins Books:

‘I feel the dread hand of cosmic indifference reach across the aeons of time, crushing down the matter of Mesozoic vegetation into viscous black manna, multiplicities of plankton and fronds of prehistoric algae held deep underground as strange stars wheel overhead, only to re-emerge within twisted protean plastics, becoming heterogeneous multi-coloured frames around rotting mammalian civilisations.  They could only lie awake in the dark and think whilst uncounted millions of years rolled by, and now these fossil intellects, vast and cool and unsympathetic, extending their creeping rootstalks of smooth asphalt across desolate desert and dense jungle alike; lubricating our primate bartering, choking us.  We sip the espresso macchiato of Saharan Blend, sniff the Eau de parfum of Qatar Marine, listen to coding formats streaming Basra Light and spray our faces with the effervescence of Fateh Crude.  Cyclonopedia is a haecceity of Oil in our terror-fuelled epoch, a discourse of its war machinations burrowing out under the Fertile Crescent; a Necronomicon of critical thought.’

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