I read Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia a little while ago and I’m still not sure what I think of it. I’m pretty sure it’s barking, I’m not sure it’s a novel but I am sure that the bits of it I understood I liked:

‘Bullets can terminally modernise an entire city in one night.’

Page 137

‘Wherever there is a room number, a microscopic numerical narration is in progress. It is odd that such cryptic narrations almost always revolve around numbers in the form of prognostic agents, omens, haunting residues from a terrible past and ghosts. Room numbers are the enforcers of the haunt. Room numbers are denizens of plot holes but this doesn’t mean that they don’t have plots of their own.’

Page 169

‘The City of God will also be sacked.’

Page 204

Updating this article for the site redesign some six years later and these quotes still resonate. I really should get hold of another copy and read it again.

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