Saturday, 7 September 2013

Delere Press: Requiem for the Factory



There has been much joy and anticipation at Delere Press, with the release of its very first book Requiem for the Factory earlier this year: a gentle meandering of a fiction written by Jeremy Fernando, with photographs by Kenny Png, foreword by Lim Lee Ching, and myself, who contributed to the layouts of the book. 

To begin in the form of a paper book, performs a controversial entrance against the tide of digital reading, against the tide of our better senses. Our madness for tradition prevails.

It started with a long process of learning what it means to make a word, a sentence, a text, a book, to print a book, and then to publish a book. Now, it feels as if it only gets longer, richer, and more exciting. We look forward to bringing more beautifully illustrated books to life-inks and images continue to converse on a paper face-as we carry the weight of their correspondence in our hands. 

Dr. Anders Kolle wrote a delightful review of the book on the Singapore Review of Books, and Julie O'Yang on her blog. An excerpt of the book has also been published at the online magazine Berfrois. We sincerely thank everyone who has spent time caressing the pages, and bow in appreciation for those who have taken their time off to send their thoughts of the book on Amazon. 

Thank you. 

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As you perhaps inferred, the book is sold on Amazon.

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"Requiem for the Factory is a conversation between two forms of writing: language, and light. This occurs in a tale that attempts to explore the relationality of a self to her self through the figure of a factory. Told through an "I" that refuses to remain stable, one is never sure whether this is a moment when the tale is recounted, recalled, or whether it is being told at the moment of telling. And this is why this requiem has to be narrated. What is foregrounded is not only the fact that memory, history, is fictional, but more pertinently that the self-and the "I"-can only be uttered, perhaps even known, through fictionality. This is not to say that the self is imagined-unreal-but that the imaginary is in the very fabric of reality itself. 

This is a tale of two writings that are speaking to, and with, each other, whilst also speaking in their own realms at the very same time. 

Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote that philosophy should be done "dichten", as poetry. Jeremy Fernando manages to give this program a form, a direction. His texts contain many questions: in Requiem for the Factory poetry is aninvestigation, both in a cognitive and historical sense. Without being illustrative, Kenny Png's impressive urban photographs testify (this verb is crucial) to a new possibility of perceiving instead of just seeing. By the same token, Fernando's writing, Png's pictures, and Yanyun Chen's minimal narrative ideographic interventions testify to the possibility of a new narrative: investigating history means telling all possible stories, through different though simultaneous linguistic paradigms. Requiem for the Factory builds up a (hi)story of the possible as a narrative of the possible.

Alessandro De Francesco, poet; and author of RidefinizioneRedéfinition, da 1000m / dès 1000m / from 1000m, and Lo spostamento degli oggetti


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