Monday, April 09, 2007

the Remainder

Tom McCarthy's book the Remainder is an exciting read. The unnamed narrator has experienced a mysterious accident for which he receives £8.5 million compensation. Then, haunted by a complex sense memory of a particular building, he spends the money having the building reconstructed and its occupants' behaviour re-enacted by hired performers.

McCarthy is also general secretary of the Necronautical Society. They declare

We, the First Committee of the International Necronautical Society, declare the following:-

1.That death is a type of space, which we intend to map, enter, colonise and, eventually, inhabit.

2. That there is no beauty without death, its immanence. We shall sing death's beauty - that is, beauty.

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