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The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman Characters Ç 108 Read & download Ù eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ú Angela Carter Nfluenced by surrealism Romanticism critical theory and other branches of Continental philosophy Its style is an amalgam of magical realism and postmodern pastiche T. A crazy uest book the narrator is sent on a uest to defeat the fiendish Doctor Hoffman whose peculiar desire machines are sapping the life from the entire countryRather like Oblomov this is a circular novel with the narrator returning to the starting point I had the feeling that this book is allegorical and I wondered whether it was about the construction of the self with the male and female leads representing the animus and the anima in which case nothing really happens in terms of the exteriorouterreal world the development and the journey would actually only be internal to the narratorThinking about the novel as a journey through the self leading to the emergence of an adult personality one notes that he begins his uest in childhood moves through his ancestry and heritage has or rather undergoes sexual experiences but finally is able to overcome the mind s obsession with sex to achieve selfhood In which case desire is infernal and mechanical a sticky hamster wheelIn a way it is unsatisfying a picaresue novel with explicit sex visited upon the narrator by Centaurs and a team of acrobatsview spoiler don t ask if you don t want to know hide spoiler

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The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman Characters Ç 108 Read & download Ù eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ú Angela Carter The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman published in the United States as The War of Dreams is a 1972 novel by Angela Carter This picaresue novel is heavily i. Is This the Thrill of Metaphysics The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman TIDM is a picaresue metaphysical thriller that is both intellectually stimulating and hugely enjoyableTo the extent that it s philosophical there s a risk that it might read like lecture notes However I never felt like I was being lectured to The metaphysics was always absolutely integral to the plot perhaps because it concerned the metaphysics of desire and Carter s novel is primarily about desire Is This Indifference The first person narrator and protagonist the 24 year old picaro Desiderio the wished for or desired one is a low ranking public servant in the Ministry of Determination of an unnamed South American country He comes from an indigenous Indian background his mother was a prostitute and both parents are now dead He is an outsiderHe describes himself as indifferent yet he is assigned the role of singlehandedly tracking down and killing Dr Hoffman the mastermind behind a psychic war with the Ministry Apart from one missing letter the Doctor seems to be named after E T A Hoffmann the author of the fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King from which Tchaikovsky s ballet The Nutcracker was adapted The Doctor is a former philosophy professor who is bent on implementing a radical liberation ideology of passion and desire The Minister enlists Desiderio in a last desperate attempt to protect the world of rationality which has been crumbling rapidly under the Doctor s onslaughtIs This Desire Between Desiderio and the Doctor comes the latter s daughter the Proustian named Albertina When the Doctor realises he has fallen in love with her he allows the two to make their way chapter by chapter for eight chapters towards the denouement in his Gothic castle the supposed powerhouse of the marvellousWe learn from the first pages that Desiderio killed both the Doctor and Albertina Fifty years later as like Proust again he writes his account from memory I remember everything perfectly he warns us not to expect either a love story or a murder story Instead Carter pitches the novel as a tale of picaresue adventure or even of heroic adventure This is only partly true Rather it is true but the novel is much than the baroue science fiction fantasy proto cyberpunk thriller it purports to be It is both a profane and a profound meditation on the nature of desire consciousness and existenceIs This Suspended Disbelief Ironically Desiderio only prevails over the Doctor because at age 24 he did not feel adeuate desire He could not suspend disbelief He clung to reason and never truly succumbed to passion and desire In those tumultuous and kinetic times the time of actualised desire I myself had only one desire And that was for everything the war to stopI became a hero only because I survived I survived because I could not surrender to the flux of mirages I could not merge and blend with them I could not abnegate my reality and lose myself for ever as others did blasted to non being by the ferocious artillery of unreason I was too sardonic I was too disaffectedIronically at a distance of 50 years Desiderio realises that the Doctor achieved a tactical victory over him because his desire for Albertina has actually grown since her death all the objects in my world are emanations of a single desireto see Albertina again before I dieOf course by killing the object of his desire if not desire itself and therefore his own being or existence he has made it impossible to consummate his love and achieve his objective at the game of metaphysical chess we played I took away her father s ueen and mated us both for though I am utterly consumed with this desire it is as impotent as it is desperate My desire can never be objectifiedOf course this assumes that Albertina who changes guises several times during their journey was not just a product of Desiderio s desire if Albertina has become for me now such a woman as only memory and imagination could devise well such is always at least partially the case with the belovedIs This Phenomenal TIDM was published in 1972 There s a lot of academic analysis of Angela Carter s fiction that describes her inflences in terms of philosophers such as Foucault Deleuze Guattari Lacan and Judith Butler who explored various aspects of Structuralism and Post Structuralism However it overlooks the fact that apart from Lacan a lot of their writings hadn t been written or translated into English before 1972 Carter actually wrote TIDM while living in Japan in 1970 and 1971This is not to deny their influence on Carter s subseuent fiction However TIDM itself suggests that her influences might have been earlier philosophical and psychoanalytical worksThe Doctor s Ambassador explains his philosophical differences with the Minister For us the world exists only as a medium in which we execute our desires Physically the world itself the actual world the real world if you like is formed of malleable clay its metaphysical structure is just as malleableThe metaphysical structure is malleable because of how consciousness perceives and understands the real worldTIDM seems to be informed by a version of PhenomenologyIs This Negation Various philosophers have suggested that we interpret the world through forms categories or ideals housed in our consciousnessThe Doctor has created a set of samples that are symbolic constituents of representations of the basic constituents of the universe With them the Doctor proposes to negate the reality controlled by the Minister of Determination The symbols serve as patterns or templates from which physical objects and real events may be evolved by the process he calls effective evolving the difference between a symbol and an object is uantitative not ualitativeThe universe has no fixed substratum of fixed substances and its only reality lies in its phenomenaIn other words the Doctor proposes to conduct his war against reason at the level of phenomena in the mind rather than in the real world of noumenaIs This Mutable Time In this phenomenal world only Time is immutable The Doctor plans to begin with Nebulous Time a period of absolute mutability during which reflected rays and broken trajectories of light fitfully reveal a continually shifting surface like the surface of watera reflective skin with neither depth nor volumeAfter the Doctor liberates the people when the sensual world surrenders to the intermittency of mutability man will be freed in perpetuity from the tyranny of a single present And we will live on as many layers of consciousness as we can all at the same time Like cinematographic film Time is a serial composition of apparently indivisible instants or moments in the language of Hegel Film allows us to corral Time to retain it not merely in the memory at best a falsifying receptacle but in the objective preservative of a roll of film the coil of film haslassooed inert phenomena from which the present had departed and when projected upon a screen they are granted a temporary revivification As the Doctor concludes everything depends on persistence of visionIs This Authentic The Doctor s student and friend Mendoza a Moor shows him how to apply these principles to phenomena eventually claiming that if a thing were sufficiently artificial it became absolutely euivalent to the genuineThus the synthetic authenticity of their artificial world is designed to rival and overturn the real worldThe samples are kept in a sack by the Doctor s former Professor now ironically a peep show proprietor in a carnival For a time Desiderio takes care of them during which he illicitly pokes around perhaps with a hint of humour on the part of Carter From my investigations in the sack I came to the conclusion that the models did indeed represent everything it was possible to believe by the means of either direct simulation or a symbolism derived from Freud Is This Hegelian Here we have an express reference to Freud Apart from Plato and Aristotle much of the rest of the metaphysical framework derives from Hegel The pigeons lolloped from illusory pediment to window ledge like volatile feathered madmen chattering vile rhymes and laughing in hoarse throaty voices or perched upon chimney stacks shouting uotations from Hegel Albertina s interpretation of Nebulous Time sounds Hegelian all the subjects and objects we had encountered in the loose grammar of Nebulous Time were derived from a similar source my desires or hersIn The Phenomenology of Spirit Hegel asserts Self Consciousness is desire itselfThe Doctor s version of Descartes cogito is I DESIRE THEREFORE I EXIST One character the Sadeian Count asks Am I the slave of my aspirations or am I their masterDesiderio speculates about the true nature of his uest for the Doctor perhaps I was indeed looking for a master perhaps the whole history of my adventure could be titled Desiderio in Search of a Master Mind you his intention was to kill him when he found him hence he came not to worship his master but to jeerIs This the EnemyThe functionality of the samples in effect what drives the infernal desire machines is not just adopted by the Doctor a Satan who is rebelling against the God represented by the Minister They are utilised by the Minister as well Thus it doesn t necessarily follow that Carter is presenting Hegel as the enemySimilarly it s arguable that the Moorish Mendoza might represent Marx whose nickname was the Moor Thus the forces of evil seem to be associated with Hegel and Marx even though they the Doctor and Mendoza advocate not the rule of reason but the rule of unreason the liberation of desire and passion Some of Mendoza s sexual theories even sound like those of Wilhelm ReichI suspect that Carter didn t see things in such black and white terms Carter was reading a lot of Marcuse whose Eros and Civilisation analysed both Freud and Marx and whose earlier Reason and Revolution had analysed Hegel and Adorno in the early 70 sHence it s possible that Carter s novel was influenced by the Frankfurt School than Structuralism or Post StructuralismIs This the End of the TaleIt s possible that Desiderio s indifference reflected Carter s dual commitment to both reason and passionThe desire of one individual is not necessarily consistent with the desire or will or welfare of another It can present itself as an act of will or an exercise of brute force especially in the case of the wilful abuse or rape of women by menWhatever the nature of Carter s stance it was far sophisticated than that of the countercultural hippy movement that had emerged in the 60 s It was definitely no endorsement of sexual liberation of men at the expense of women Liberation needs to be contained by some level of personal and social responsibility as the indifferent Desiderio concludes a check an impulse of restraintSOUNDTRACKPJ Harvey Is This Desire of the Black Moon Infernal Desire Machine demo

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The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman Characters Ç 108 Read & download Ù eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ú Angela Carter He novel has been called a theoretical fiction as it clearly engages in some of the theoretical issues of its time notably feminism mass media and the counterculture. Warning this book is not for the faint of heart Warning Pt II this book is not for the dull of wit Well I should rephrase This is by no means a beach read a rainy day read a uick n easy read As with most of Carter s work well all I ve come across anyhow you ll likely scratch your head through most of the text and hopefully come away with a dozen glittering nuggets of truth or beauty or profundity Infernal Desire Machines is a heroic uest narrative though as with any Carter she s not going to allow such a narrative to remain unscathed Desiderio is an unwilling hero beset by ennui and strangely slavish to his desire for a seemingly impossible swanwomantransvestite creature names Albertina Dr Hoffman has created a so termed Reality War and is attempting to transform the world into a totalitarian system of actualized desire He s destroyed space and time erased the division between the abstract and the object and left his subjects in a state of mass chaos As I said if you don t like a book that will leave you dazed and confused this isn t necessarily the book for you Carter s engagement with theory is in full force here as she draws from Freud and Jung Lacan and either pulls from or pre dates a lot of feminist and ueer theory particularly in terms of performativity and illusory identity And I don t mean simply that she illustrates such theory but that the book itself reads like theory at several pointsHowever her prose never ceases to amaze of course Take this passage for example All without exception passed beyond of did not enter the realm of simple humanity They were sinister abominable inverted mutations part clockwork part vegetable and part bruteTheir hides were streaked blotched and marbled and some trembled on the point of reverting completely to the beastPerhaps that was why they kept them in cagesBut if some were antlered like stags others had the branches of trees sprouting out of their bland foreheads and showed us the clusters of roses growing in their armpits when they held out their hands to usAll the figures presented a dream like fusion of diverse states of being blind speechless beings from a nocturnal forest where trees had eyes and dragons rolled about on wheelsThat s but one brief moment of absolute genius in the novel her style shimmers is iridescent and often the strange thoughts Carter attempts to convey in her work have a similar effect Which is why at times take her ideologies with a grain of salt because I think Carter would cackle to think readers were taking everything seriously and intellectually The one issue I had with this book and often have with Carter is that her intellectual stance maintains an undercurrent of detachment between reader and text I suppose this is a side effect of her self proclaimed demythologizing project she doesn t want to allow the reader to nestle into pure escapism And this doesn t discount the novel on the whole but there were definite points where I was left a bit colder than at others For example I was wholly engrossed in the chapters The River People The Acrobats of Desire The Erotic Traveler and The Castle This is because those chapters feature settings and a cast I was fascinated by whereas in some of the other chapters the subject matter was less interesting and because Carter maintains that detachment I was less able to enter fully into them Make sense Carter remains one of my absolute favorite authors though so don t get me wrong As I note in the little review option I suggest you read this one if you love Carter andor if you love theory particularly those pertaining to performativity the processes of desire the mirror image and Lacan s ideological imaginarythe Real and semiotic theory Otherwise I d suggest you start with The Bloody Chamber or Nights at the Circus for an entrance into the wacky world of Carter Either way give her a shot Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to the Z) of the theoretical issues Exposition of its time notably feminism mass media and the counterculture. 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