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Urbanomic x Sequence Press

Mar 2019

ISBN 978-0-9975674-6-5

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Omnicide

Mania, Fatality and the Future-in-Delirium

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  • Paperback
  • 175×115mm
  • 476pp
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  • Raha Raissnia, Acrophobia.

    Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh’s Omnicide offers readers a view into a unique philosophy of delirium, mania, and vitalist annihilation: the startling revelation that everything that is, should not be. Omnicide is a singular kind of taxonomy, a teratology of thought-creatures that dovetails around his chosen writers, from the revelatory self-abnegation of Forugh Farrokhzad to Sadeq Hedayat, the poète maudite of modern Iran. These and other “poets of the lost cause” come together in a compelling book that is a strange hybrid of Aristotle’s Categories, Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, and the Necronomicon.
    —Eugene Thacker, author of Infinite Resignation and In the Dust of This Planet

    What kind of circumstances provoke an obsessive focus on the most minute object or activity? And what causes such mania to blossom into the lethal conviction that everything must be annihilated?

    A fragmentary catalogue of the thousand-and-one varieties of manic disposition (augomania, dromomania, catoptromania, colossomania…), Omnicide plunges into the chaotic imaginations of the most significant poetic talents of the Middle East in order to instigate a new discourse on obsession, delirium, and extremism.

    A captivating fractal of conceptual prisms, a rhythmic, poetic, insidious work that commands submission, and an oblique yet disturbing contribution to the contemporary question of extremism, Omnicide absorbs the reader into unfamiliar and estranging landscapes whose every most subtle feature threatens to become an irresistible invitation to the end of all things.