A Society that Breathes Once a Year

Alex Cecchetti


Book, 14.6 x 22.5 cm, 85 p, language: English, publisher. Book Works, ISBN: 978 1 906012 32 8.
Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2024/688).

Literary synopsis

A man and a woman begin the project of building an isolated, self-sustainable farm, cut off from civilisation. Against all expectations the first thing they have to confront is the construction of a road, and the constant reminder of the present left behind. Through a non-linear narrative, the two protagonists drive through the tawdry present, only to realise a future set deeply in the past. Their meagre provisions and inexperience places them at odds with survival, but at one with a mesmerising fiction. Haunted by the spectres of dead rabbits and a prophetic bear the couples utopian dream is delivered in a rapid, dense stream of language as if the text itself wants to return to the pace of present.

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