BOOK REVIEW Omnicide: Mania, Fatality, and Future-in-Delirium. By Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh Cambridge, MA: Urbanomic/Sequence and MIT Press, 2019. Pp. xxii + 464. Paper $29.95, ISBN 978-0-997567-46-5. Reviewed by Ekin Erkan The New Centre for Research & Practice email@example.com Urbanomic/Sequence Press’ most recent publication, Omnicide: Mania, Fatality and Future-in-Delirium (2019), finds Iranian-American philosopher and comparative literature theorist Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh carving the figure of the diffracted neo-Bedouin wanderer, whose mania we tail through the book’s haunted pages. The book’s namesake, “omnicide,” refers to the complete and total erasure of the Earth--the term has most recently been generally applied in ecological contexts, most markedly in regards to the Anthropocene and futurology. However, it is the explicitly poetic and literary intersection between mania and the grotesque that Mohaghegh inches us towards, lifting omnicide from its proscriptive use in the Western philosophical/sociological tradition and goading it towards an unfamiliar cryptic terrain. Surveying ten contemporary Middle Eastern poets and fiction writers, including Sadeq Hedayat (Iran), Réda Bensmaia (Algeria), Samuel Adonis (Syria), Joyce Mansour (Egypt), Forugh Farrokhzad (Iran), Ibrahim al-Koni (Libya), Ahmad Shamlu (Iran), Ghada Samman (Lebanon), Mahmoud Darwish (Palestine) and Hassim Blasim (Iraq), Mohaghegh parses curious stanzas and plucks spectral paragraphs from myriad texts
Philosophy East and West – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 7, 2020
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