Tough Poets Press
October 15, 2018 / 234 pages / $14.99
In a break from our mission of rescuing forgotten offbeat classics from the dustbin of literary history, Tough Poets presents this first novel by Ross Barkan, contributor to The Village Voice, The Guardian, The New Yorker, etc.
"Barkan's punchy prose is terrific ... There's a dash of Bradbury,
a healthy helping of Anthony Burgess, a scary reflection of our
"Tough-minded and smart, Ross Barkan triangulates a near-future
Amazoogface plutocracy with a gritty 1979 Gotham to pinpoint
that moment you could most acutely feel it all going to shit, i.e.,
somewhen around today. Demolition Night's insightful analysis
gets coupled with deeply entertaining comic-book swerves to form
a satisfying and sharp debut."
"Reading Ross Barkan's Demolition Night is a giddy and vertigo-inducing ride on a New York wrecking ball as it wildly but deftly
lurches from the dyspeptic late 1970s to an imagined near-future
dystopia like a mashup of The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 with The
Crying of Lot 49 or of Mickey Spillane with Octavia E. Butler.
Shrewd, funny, confounding and mysterious, the book has an
irresistible trajectory, with countless trippy set-pieces that are
themselves worth the price of the ride."
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