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In a Paper City write nothing down. So commands this text, which dismantles itself as it charts its own admonished course, navigating the interstices between English and French, the author's two mother tongues. Through the disquieting absence of the letters characters n and b, and the narrator's attempt to uncover and record their lives, Stephens confronts and challenges human proscription through the untranslatibility of experience, with ironic and apocalyptic consequences. Beneath this thin narrative runs an undercurrent of horror that decries the deliberate plunder of the City resulting from an absolute disregard for history's relationship to the body's fictions -- what n and b term 'art lost to numbers.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781552451267
ISBN-10: 1552451267
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 7mm)
Pages: 80
Imprint: Coach House Books
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publish Date: 28-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - Nathalie Stephens

Nathalie Stephens writes l'entre-genre in English and French. Her most recent works include L'Injure, Paper City and Je Nathanael, which was also released in English self-translation (BookThug, 2006). L'Injure was a finalist for the 2005 Prix Alain-Grandbois and le Prix Trillium; the fiction Underground was a finalist in 2000 for the Grand Prix du Salon du livre de Toronto. Stephens is the recipient of a 2002 Chalmers Arts Fellowship. She currently teaches in the MFAW program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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