Memoirs of a Terrorist
Memoirs of a Terrorist is a gripping experimental novel about a young woman raped at the age of fifteen by her father. Having repressed this crime from her conscious awareness, Megan Lloyd's short intense life becomes a quest for sexual and human identity. A privileged daughter from suburban southern California, the heroine writes about early periods of her life in revolutionary Berkeley as well as later events in Malibu, Dallas, Munich, and finally, Paris. Her failure to bring the repressed crime to consciousness reveals a tragic blind spot from which emerges the sexual bondage murder of her lover in a Munich hotel. The heroine's internal story is told by her fragmentary diaries and stories that her father retrieves after her death as a suspected terrorist in Europe. As he approaches his own death years later, Arthur Lloyd attempts to comprehend his daughter by analyzing her texts, and finally confesses his crime to the reader. Thus two narrative voices, one male and one female, intersect, clash, and reinforce each other in this rich and complex text that weaves a tale of sexual violence and portrays quests for insight and redemption. In Memoirs of a Terrorist the female body becomes the theater in which repression, gender, social relations, and haphazard natural events are played out. The novel is many things: a feminist picaresque story of development and decay, a psychological thriller, a haunting murder mystery and work of symbolism and myth in which the reader must ultimately answer the questions: Who is the real terrorist? Can the criminal find absolution? Is there any escape from the cycle of violence? Memoirs of a Terrorist confronts some of the most troubling issues of contemporary American society.
- Paperback | 174 pages
- 148.6 x 227.3 x 11.2mm | 254.02g
- 12 Sep 1996
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
Back cover copy
'Memoris of A Terrorist' is a haunting experimental novel about a daughter raped by her father. Throughout the stations of her picaresque life in California and Europe, Megan Lloyd fails to bring to consciousness an awareness of the crime committed against her that she repressed long ago. This fatal blind spot eventually reveals itself in the sexual bondage murder of her lover in a Munich hotel. In a parallel and complementary narrative, Lloyd's rapist father both analyses the posthumous writings of his daughter for clues to her behavior and confesses his crime in a quest for personal expiation as he faces his own death.
"The breath-taking first novel of a genuine literary talent, Memoirs of a Terrorist portrays the initiation journey of a young American woman sexually traumatized in her childhood, who fails at academic life in Berkeley, murders a lover in Europe, and dies in the prime of her youth. Her story is redeemed, however, by a parallel quest and confession of the father who violated her but later engages in a search for the history of her life, which he tries to reconstruct piece by piece. Set against a backdrop of historical and social realism, the story descends into darkness and labyrinths. An array of mythological figures and archetypes is evoked throughout this haunting erotic narrative, and skillfully woven into its complex texture."--Antoine Faivre, Sorbonne "Memoirs of a Terrorist raises the intimate crime of incest to the level of world politics. Both thriller and polemic, it takes the reader on a dazzling journey from Malibu to Munich, from Dallas to the murky nether world of Paris...terrifying in its implications."-- Carolyn See, author of Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America ..".a truly innovative first novel. Two narrators, father and daughter, create a fascinating point-counterpoint with their individual perspectives in a story of gender violence set in America and western Europe during the politically turbulent seventies. This book presents a tale of mobility and mayhem that courses through an individual female body and across continents; an exciting experiment in fictionalintertextuality that will rivet both American and European readers."--Christa Karpenstein-EBbach, writer and critic
About Sally Patterson Tubach
Sally Patterson Tubach has co-authored two books, Michael Mann: Fragmente eines Lebens and The Challenge of Age.