By Sesshu Foster
(City Lights Books, Paperback, 9780872864405, 203pp.)
Publication Date: July 2005
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In the alternate universe of this glitteringly surreal first novel, the Aztecs rule, having conquered the European invaders. Zenzontli, Keeper of the House of Darkness, is visited by visions of a parallel world run by the Europeans, where consumerism reigns supreme. Aztecs armed with automatic weapons, totemic powers and blood sacrifice conquer and colonize 1940s Europe, as ghosts of the world wars emerge to haunt contemporary Los Angeles.
"Atomik Aztex" is a hilarious read. A potent concoction, with influences from graphic novels, along with Ishmael Reed's "Mumbo Jumbo," the paranoia of Philip K. Dick and William Burroughs, and an outrageous cyber-Aztlan mix reminiscent of Guillermo Gomez-Pena.
Sesshu Foster is the author of the critically acclaimed "City Terrace Field Manual.