Hannibal Lecter, My Father

Edited by Sylvère Lotringer and published in 1991, Hannibal Lecter, My Father gathers together Acker’s early work: raw, brilliant, emotional and cerebral texts from 1970s, including the self-published 'zines written under the nom-de-plume, The Black Tarantula . This volume features, among others, the full text of Acker's opera, The Birth of the Poet , produced at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1985, Algeria , 1979, and fragments of Politics, written at the age of 21 . Also included is the longest and most definitive interview Acker ever gave, done over two years: a chatty, intriguing and delightfully self-deprecating conversation with Semiotext(e) editor Sylvère Lotringer-which is trippy enough in itself as Lotringer, besides being a real person, has appeared as a character in Acker's fiction. Also included is the full transcript of the decision reached by West Germany's Federal Inspection Office for Publications Harmful to Minors in which Acker's work was judged to be "not only youth-threatening but also dangerous to adults," and subsequently banned.

Acker is the sort of the writer that should be read first at 16, so that you can spend the rest of your life trying to figure her out; she confuses, infuriates, perplexes and then all of a sudden the writing seems to be in your bloodstream, like some kind of benign virus. She's definitely not for the easily offended –but then, there are worse things in life than being offended.

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