(#173299) UNQUENCHABLE FIRE. Rachel Pollack.

UNQUENCHABLE FIRE. London, Melbourne, Auckland, Johannesburg: Century, [1988]. Octavo, boards. First edition. Winner of the 1989 Arthur C. Clarke Award for best novel of 1988. "Pollack's short 'Unquenchable Fire' sequence possibly contains her most memorable work ... [It] is a narrative intractable to easy generic decipherment, and constructed so that a long flashback reconfigures material already delivered. In the Alternate-History America of the tale, shamanism actually works; and a lovingly described bureaucracy of shamans, revering the Founders who brought them to power generations earlier, are actually able to ask the Earth's roots for energy. The protagonist of the book, finding that her unwilled pregnancy is destined to make her the mother of a new revitalizing shaman, resists her role fiercely; the résumé of her life, as given in flashback, only intensifies the sense of her deep stubbornness. The sequel, TEMPORARY AGENCY (1994), reconfigures some of the same material." - John Clute, SFE (online). Rachel Pollack (1945-2023), a transgender activist and writer, was an expert on interpreting tarot and created the first transgender superheroine for DC Comics. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#173299).

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