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What if the apocalypse already happened and you just didn't notice? That's one of the central questions of Silverfish, a novel that details a slice of life in the Incorporated States of America: a country much like our own, but one in which the corporatization of culture is so total and complete, so deeply ingrained so long ago that no one can remember an alternative. And in this America, citizens are "born to fail" - mainly because they lack the language and cognitive skills by which to identify their condition. That's the premise of this experimental novel, a dark Borgesian romp into the labyrinthine depths of language.

Silverfish is a syncretic tour-de-force that recombines elements of Afrofuturism, sci-fi, and wartime fiction with linguistic and literary theories to issue a dire warning about what happens when we choose to pretend our past never happened, thereby ensuring that we stumble blindly into a future we've already lived. Part prophecy, part literary collage, and part social justice remix, it's a wholly immersive, intertextual sojourn. More than just a damning indictment of our contemporary moment, Silverfish is fiction written both for and after the end of history.

"Silverfish has left me with big feelings that I need to sit with and explore. It has also left me with big questions that don't necessarily have answers, but requires an intense process of thought and being, in order to come close to some answers. You're in for a treat, Reader/Elegba/Hermes/Alternate Being."

-Steven Dunn, author of Potted Meat and water & power

"Part incantation, revelation, and elegy, Rone Shavers' Silverfish offers a surprising New World, Du Boisian source code. Reminiscent of Percival, Harryette, Ishamel, and Ralph Ellison himself, this is an experimental novel you must read."

-Sheree Ren e Thomas, Nine Bar Blues & the World Fantasy Award-winning anthologies, Dark Matter

About the Author

Rone Shavers is a writer who publishes in multiple genres. His fiction has appeared in various journals, including Another Chicago Maga‐ zine, Big Other, Identity Theory, PANK, and The Operating System. Shavers' non-fiction essays and essay-length reviews have appeared in such diverse publications as American Book Review, BOMB, Electronic Book Review, Fiction Writers Review, and The Quarterly Conversation. Shavers has been awarded artist-in-residence fellowships to the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops, the MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Arts Foundation, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. He teaches courses in fiction and contemporary literature at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Silverfish is his first novel.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781944866747
ISBN-10: 1944866744
Publisher: Clash Books
Publication Date: September 8th, 2020
Pages: 114
Language: English