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Inspired structurally and thematically by first-person shooters, choose-your-own-adventure game books, and the labyrinthine fiction of Alain Robbe-Grillet, Rites & Passages immerses the reader in an entertaining hell from which there is no escape. The cognitive dissonance entailed in being simultaneously a player/character and a passive voyeur/reader raises questions about our identities and how they are constructed. As the reader wanders and loops through the text, layers of allusion to fiction and games accumulate into something that feels, paradoxically, all too real.
Two frames (abscissa and ordinate) strung with parallel wires are passing through your body in imperceptibly quick succession dividing the flesh into a spacefilling cube stack. Each of these cubes remains alive and has the capacity to navigate independently from the body physiognomy. Imagine that nausea.- John Trefy, author of Plats and Apparitions of the Living
This is a book that haunts and is haunted by a nouveau roman, restaging Robbe-Grillet as a sensational ritual, an infernal video game.- Johannes Göransson, author of The Sugar Book and Poetry Against All