A fantastical gonzo Aztlán mythology, where modern Aztecs and immigrant ghosts uncover blood sacrifice in Los Angeles.
In the alternate universe of Atomik Aztex, the Aztecs rule, having conquered the European invaders long ago. Aztek warriors with totemic powers are busy colonizing Europe, and human sacrifice is basic to economic growth.
Zenzontli, Keeper of the House of Darkness, is plagued by nightmares of a parallel reality where American consumerism reigns supreme. Ghosts of banished Aztek warriors emerge to haunt contemporary Los Angeles, and Zenzontli's visions of Hell become real as he's trapped in a job in an East L.A. meatpacking plant.
"If the Aztecs had defeated the conquistadores and had eventually become the mainstream, what would our world be like? Where is Teknotitlán located? In Robo-Los Angeles, Mexico D.F., or in the imagination of Sesshu Foster? If Ancient America had triumphed over savage capitalism, chicanismo would be the (poetical, political, and spiritual) center of it all. Atomik Aztex is a graphic, hilarious and violent chronicle of multiple realities that could emerge out of this proposition. It's an amazing exercise of radical imagination." —Guillermo Gómez-Peña
"Punk sci-fi and kitchen-sink realism create a startling, morally fraught vision in Foster's genre-straddling tour de force. . . . readers will be blown away by Foster's control over the material . . . brilliantly inventive . . . " —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"This is one mad neighborhood carnival roller coaster ride through Aztlán, the underground, the QT—a smoky universe hall of mirrors cosmik barrio existential comic strip. Oddball, hilarious—deep. Sesshu Foster delivers."—Marisela Norte, author of East L.A. Days/Fellini Nights
"Burroughs meets Gómez-Peña . . . nah, Roque Dalton meets Kurt Vonnegut . . . or how about Cesaire meets Nezahualcoyotl? Dare we say original? Yes! Hilarious, poignant, and at times devastating, Foster has crafted a fine post-global poetic, a cocktail of sublime anarchy to toss into the machine."—Rubén Martínez, author of The New Americans: Seven Families Journey to Another Country
"Anyone who reads Atomic Aztex is doomed. Those who don't have lost their opportunity to go out with a salubrious whimper, never to know why they were condemned. The prose is an electrifying, eclectic phantasmagoria of Groucho's marxism, dadada, surreal and natural (ism and ain'tm) combined with double-edged intellectual/historical hysteria."—Rick Harsh, author of the Driftless Trilogy
"With Atomic Aztex, Foster slices through history. His Aztex are not so very different from the Spanish colonialists or the corporate greed-mongers or the Farmer John pig butchers. "Everybody knows," he acknowledges from the outset, "that atavism and savagery make the world go round." For Foster, as a writer, the best strategy for fighting back is to rip up the language . . . He is not the first writer to use odd spellings to arrest our normal reading patterns. And he is not the first artist to explore the fantasy life of someone working on a factory line. But Foster puts his finger here on a particular nexus of World War II-era racism, factory life and the landscape of Los Angeles and then claims it for his very own." —Los Angeles Times