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Distracted Geographies:  An Archipelago of Intent book coverDistracted Geographies: An Archipelago of Intent

by Sudeep Sen

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Hardback, ribbon marker, 206 pages

Distracted Geographies: An Archipelago of Intent is about the politics of body and text, desire and distraction, disease and health and the relationship between indoor and outdoor, island and mainland, center and periphery -- and the textures that dictate topography and cartography.

The book contends boldly with intimate issues of love, loss, illness, passion, and sex. Even though the locale is largely set in various parts of Scotland, it could ostensibly be anywhere that is imaginatively similar. Using both minimalist and cinematic forms, the scenes shift, dissolve, inter-cut, flashback, and fast-forward to provide a narrative that is at the same time linear and oblique, classical and avant-garde.

The structure of the piece is inspired both by the architecture of the human body, and the shape of Pablo Neruda's Odes, which reflect the long, thin shape of Chile. Sections and sub-sections within the narrative join together like sinews between bone and bone; the titles act as translucent markers or breath pauses, not separators.

In numerological terms, the short two-line couplets echo the two-step footprints, a pathway that is mapped on an atlas. The 12 sections correspond to the 12 bones in a human rib cage, the 12 months in a year, the 12 hours in a day, and so on. There are 26 bones in the human vertebrae, and the 26 parts in the piece slowly assemble themselves to form a montage of tenuously strung lyrics. And finally, the 206 pages match exactly the same number of bones in the human body.

Distracted Geographies began on a wet August morning in 1997, as Sen sat in a half-sunken basement space of a partially restored fifteenth century mansion called 'Gartincaber' in Doune (near Stirling, Scotland). Drunk under the spell of this space, both interior and exterior, dactyls were dictated to him by photons in the surrounding electric-charged air.

The book took six years to complete. It is literally a moving story: a perennial walk that meanders through public and private spaces -- trying to make sense of the vicissitudes of oneÕs loves, losses, wants, desires, and inadequacies -- as it quietly and continually maps the matrix of living and dying.

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