|Despite its powerful referencing of the fin de siecle aesthetic, the novel is quite
contemporary The Hallucination In New York section featuring four subversive yet
idealistic figures resonates with a post-cyber paranoia where wrenching the image machine
from corporate domination is the most heroic of aspirations. That this concept
should be fueling a fin de siècle text is a truly telling sign of the times.
|Essentially, Hallucinations is a work that is for the Internetted, sped up, faxed out
digital generation . Its references and ideals speak directly to this demographic weaned
on television and its attendant visual language of ellipsis and edits. The telegraphic
style of Quine's language is the perfect expression of the fragmented bits and bytes of
information the children of the digital age process so effortlessly. This tension of the
near gothic and the post-post modern renders a very timely collision of past and future.
|The result is a novel you end up reading with the minds eye, scanning and meshing and
hyper-linking the endless rush of transgressive imagery. The absolute solipitisism of Hallucination
in Hong Kong 's cracked rock star as he drifts from international post to
international post, is communicated by the mesmeric pulse and shift of the shattered
prose. Approach it word by word, nuance by nuance and you get bogged down.
|Those who are switched on to the current Zeitgeist will read as if it were music,
because in many ways that is precisely what it is and the real reason why Quine so
constantly references the idea of music behind the still facade of his prose.
|This point is made at the risk of severe injustice to his central talent, the ability
to impose a sadistically svelte structure on top of explosive, primal content that refuses
to behave in a linear fashion. It can only be described as literature that strains
between ecstasy and bondage.
|All in all, this book is an interesting exploration of a tradition facing extinction.
Is the ornamentalist fiction purveyed in these pages doomed in the light of the new
Electro culture with its binary impulses? Quine certainly emits a heavy aura of 'sans
duras", the idea of being "aristocratically" at the end of one's race, yet
out of extremes of sheer joy and sheer despair this young man has emitted one of the
chicest most provocative things we have read in years. This hithero unknown novelist with
the searing presence of a late 80's punk idol may have just emitted one of those seminal
works that goes on to be accorded the status of a classic.