Author: Allan Popa
What kind of redemption can a human being afford to imagine after the world has made in disfiguring purchase on him? Allan Popa's seventh book, Basta, is a work of clarity and stunning vision, and it is a vision that terrifies. Exiled from what makes him human, long subject to and of indignities, man is thethered back to his compulsions and is complict. It is a complicity that contaminates every redemptive act, the sublimation of our impulses, and sufferings, so that mortification of the flesh verges on its pornographic violation.