Confessions of the Fox (Compact Disc)

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By Jordy Rosenberg, Aden Hakimi (Narrated by)
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Confessions of the Fox recounts the life of Jack Sheppard, a folk hero of eighteenth-century England and the basis for the character Macheath in Brecht's Threepenny Opera. Rosenberg's Sheppard, however, is a transgender man, and this brazenly revisionist history doubles as a political survival manual for the present day. Footnotes relate a contemporary subplot, following the romantic exploits and intellectual curiosities of an erstwhile Marxist academic, until these stories suddenly converge in an insurrectionary denouement. An exhilarating moment of contemporary agitprop.

— Cam


Recently jilted and increasingly unhinged, Dr. Voth throws himself into his work, obsessively researching the life of Jack Sheppard, a legendary eighteenth century thief. No one knows Jack's true story-his confessions have never been found. That is, until Dr. Voth discovers a mysterious stack of papers titled Confessions of the Fox. Dated 1724, the manuscript tells the story of an orphan named P. Sold into servitude at twelve, P struggles for years with her desire to live as Jack. When P falls dizzyingly in love with Bess, a sex worker looking for freedom of her own, P begins to imagine a different life. Bess brings P into the London underworld where scamps and rogues clash with London's newly established police force, queer subcultures thrive, and ominous threats of an oncoming plague abound. At last, P becomes Jack Sheppard, one of the most notorious-and most wanted-thieves in history. Back in the present, Dr. Voth works feverishly day and night to authenticate the manuscript. But he's not the only one who wants Jack's story-and some people will do whatever it takes to get it. As both Jack and Voth are drawn into corruption and conspiracy, it becomes clear that their fates are intertwined-and only a miracle will save them both.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781684412600
ISBN-10: 1684412609
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Language: English