Isham Cook


American essayist and novelist based in China since 1994. Writing philosophy: downmarket, big concept, discriminating, provocative, outrageous. Ballard, Beckett, Borges, Dick, Kafka, Hesse, Melville, Mishima, Sade are influences.

Where to find Isham Cook online


Confucius and Opium: China Book Reviews
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,140. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » History » Asian
In these book review essays by Isham Cook, foreign devils, old China Hands, eccentric expatriates, and a few Chinese tell an offbeat history of China’s last two centuries, with a backward glance at ancient China as told by Western mummies.
The Kitchens of Canton
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,560. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
It’s 2115 and the Chinese Empire rules the world. The former Western hemisphere is now the American Special Administrative Region, a vast Cantonese-speaking slave colony. A dystopian satire both bleak and funny, The Kitchens of Canton distills the worst of our present and future societies into a strangely seductive maze of a story.
American Rococo: Essays On the Edge
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,740. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2017. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » History » Essays
Ranging across America and Europe, the present and the distant past, Isham Cook's far-flung essays, whether discoursing on the most radical or most homespun of topics, are guided by the notion of the "edge": the limits of conventional understanding, the zone beyond stereotypes and groupthink, where received ideas are recast in fresh, striking and disturbing ways.
確信的未知: 美國人筆下的中國黑色喜劇 (The Exact Unknown and Other Tales of Modern China, traditional Chinese edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,280. Language: Chinese (traditional). Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Chinese
某外教艱難地學習著如何鞭打調教他的女學生,另一外教則讓學生服下一種叫做LSD的神秘物質。在其他故事裡,性機器人強姦主人,不穿內衣的女教授光顧各大咖啡館“獵艷”,售貨員用拳頭對付小氣的顧客,外國人太晚醒悟自己卷入的不是一次普通的家庭拜訪而是一場騙局。 在這個毫無規則、叫做“中國”的大棋盤內上演的,無論是當地人與外國人之間,還是當地人彼此之間的衝突,在一名絕不循規蹈矩的外國人筆下發酵成比黑洞更為深邃的黑色喜劇,並凝結成這本讓人不安卻不失娛樂性的先鋒故事集。
情欲與哲理 (Lust & Philosophy, traditional Chinese edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,410. Language: Chinese (traditional). Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
At the Teahouse Café: Essays from the Middle Kingdom
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,060. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Essay » Sociology
Chinese endure endless meetings at work and are required to keep their cellphones on 24/7 and pick up at once—or be fined. They live in a technological utopia while enslaved by time-worn structures of psychological control. Underlying the myth of a “New China,” as Cook reveals in this wide-ranging collection of essays, are the Middle Kingdom's numerous continuities with its past.
Massage and the Writer: Essays on Asian Massage
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,490. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Massage
There is no more schizophrenic pastime than the application of oil to flesh. Whether as bodily relief and relaxation, a means of seduction, or a form of prostitution, massage has long both fascinated and repelled. Spiced up by travels in the East in search of the ideal massage, bristling with trenchant, provocative essays, Massage and the Writer will appeal to littérateurs and aficionados.
The Exact Unknown and Other Tales of Modern China
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,440. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Chinese
(4.00 from 1 review)
Whether it's locals colliding with foreigners or with each other on the big chessboard with no rules called China, this pioneering collection of delightfully disturbing tales by one unruly foreigner dredges up comedy blacker than a black hole.
确信的未知:美国人笔下的中国黑色喜剧 (The Exact Unknown and Other Tales of Modern China, simplified Chinese edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,270. Language: Chinese (simplified). Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Chinese
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
某外教艰难地学习着如何鞭打调教他的女学生,另一外教则让学生服下一种叫做LSD的神秘物质。在其他故事里,性机器人强奸主人,不穿内衣的女教授光顾各大咖啡馆“猎艳”,售货员用拳头对付小气的顾客,外国人太晚醒悟自己卷入的不是一次普通的家庭拜访而是一场骗局。 在这个毫无规则、叫做“中国”的大棋盘内上演的,无论是当地人与外国人之间,还是当地人彼此之间的冲突,在一名绝不循规蹈矩的外国人笔下发酵成比黑洞更为深邃的黑色喜剧,并凝结成这本让人不安却不失娱乐性的先锋故事集。
Lust & Philosophy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,750. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A hypnotic journey of a novel, with idea bombs going off along the way, Lust & Philosophy is mind-rape as literature, a fairytale on acid, and a holographic Rorschach test all in one, and will appeal to fans of Hermann Hesse, Philip K. Dick, J. G. Ballard and other novelists of the uncanny.
情欲与哲理 (Lust & Philosophy, simplified Chinese edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,410. Language: Chinese (simplified). Published: January 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Urban
(4.33 from 3 reviews)