Guantanamo Redux by Dean GessieGuantanamo Redux by Dean Gessie

Guantanamo Redux

byDean GessieContribution byAnna Faktorovich

Paperback | April 15, 2017

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Guantanamo Redux uses the techniques of speculative fiction and science fiction to create a dystopian vision of the near future in America. Here, most any kind of dissent is criminalized and individuals are routinely charged with terrorism offences. The L. A. Mercy Killer is incarcerated in the Bay of Frisco, a center for domestic terrorists, after the third terror has destroyed much of Los Angeles. Special Agent Orwell and Judge Dan believe the girl whose face you can’t see was deeply involved in not only the Mercy Killer’s crime, but, also, the massive terror attack on Los Angeles. In Part II of the novella, a flashback, we retrace the steps of the girl whose face you can’t see prior to the third terror. Who is she and what does she represent? Did she know the L.A. Mercy Killer? Was she responsible for his crime and for her own? The conclusion of the novella is a chilling expose of how conformity and authoritarianism threaten freedom, imagination, language, life and limb. The L.A. Mercy Killer stands in the long tradition of dissidents who rage against the security state.

Dean Gessie enjoyed a long career as Head of the English Department at Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario. While there, he was also Director of the award-winning Joshua Weinzweig Creative Writing Program. As a teenager, Gessie's play won best entry for Northern Ontario in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's playwriting contest...
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Title:Guantanamo ReduxFormat:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.16 inPublished:April 15, 2017Publisher:Anaphora Literary PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1681142996

ISBN - 13:9781681142999

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Table of Contents

PART ONE Dramatis Personae The L.A. Mercy Killer Judge Dan Special Agent Orwell French Stick Killer The Girl Whose Face You Can't See Ferryman Red-Haired Girl Blind Female Singers First Barman Pregnant Dancer Barman Named Tim Called Sebastian Unidentified Animal PART TWO Dramatis Personae Jane (Howard's Wife) Conchita, The Maid The Family Dog Howard (Jane's Husband) David (Son to Howard and Jane) The Girl Whose Face You Can't See The L.A. Mercy Killer Spokesperson for Mercy's Own Hospital Spokesperson for The Federal Authorities PART THREE Dramatis Personae The L.A. Mercy Killer Chauffer Special Agent Orwell Doctor Og

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“The cryptic, poetic prose of Gessie’s near-future novella requires slow, careful reading… Gessie evokes a nightmare scenario of an Orwellian government under which justice, freedom, and equality are antiquated notions, and you can hear ‘amendments of the Constitution snapping like tracheal bones…’ The message is timely and pertinent.” —Publishers Weekly