Composition No 1
Visual Editions | ISBN 9780956569226
Paperback – 155 pages
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Composition No. 1 is a re-imagining of the little known classic by French writer, Marc Saporta. This is the first ever book in a box, originally published in 1962, that went on to inspire later works such as The Unfortunates by BS Johnson. In many ways it was a book published ahead of its time; it not only challenges our perceptions of what makes a book a book, but it also challenges us to read in a different way. Quite literally, Composition No. 1 is made up entirely of loose pages. Each page contains its own self-contained narrative and so it is left to the reader to shuffle through and decide which order to read them in, and how much or little they want to read before they begin again. This format uses the interactive messing, shuffling, and sliding we're so familiar with on our screens and brings it to a physical book. The book's publication will be accompanied by the release of an App, allowing users to randomise the book, exploring and extending the reading experience on screen, uncovering the full potential of reading the book in a nonlinear way.