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Demolition Night, a First Novel by Ross Barkan

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The story jumps to the near-future, near enough that some characters from 1979 still live. In the future, the capitalists, not the workers, have united, and economic prosperity is the be-all and end-all of civilization. America has been led by a president, more of a dictator, named Octavio Velez who’s encouraged maniacal economics so much that “corporatism has run amok.” Intelligence is valued only to the extent that its fruits can be monetized. You could say that our corporations have already run amok and that intellectualism is disdained. But in this future America, the population is even more divisive than it is now and is trifurcated into Ents (entrepreneurs), premiums (the workers), and zeros (anyone without a job). Companies like Velocity Ventures, McKing, and Gaggle, which makes a device also called a Gaggle that keeps everyone physically and mentally connected, run people’s lives.

You can read my review of Ross Barkan’s first novel,  Demolition Night, in the Brooklyn Rail by clicking the image below.


You buy Ross Barkan’s Demolition Night at Barnes and Noble.

Written by Joe Peschel

February 7th, 2019 at 2:48 pm