Author: Janice Lee
Series: Success and Failure Series
Catalogue No: PA-013
Price: 14.95 USD
Dimensions: 97 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Published: Oct 2013
Availability: Out of print
“Perhaps this is less ekphrasis or conceptual writing than a new and novel-form of concrete? This is exactly the project that Balzac and Flaubert articulated at the dawn of modernism; they called it the writing of stone.”
No technique of cinema is as royal and as risky as the Long Take—audacious in its promise of unified time and space, terrifying in what that might imply. Inspired by the films of Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr, famous for his long take, and the novels and screenplays of Tarr’s great collaborator László Krasznahorkai, Janice Lee’s Damnation is both an ekphrasis and confession, an obsessive response, a poetic meditation and mirror on time; time that ruthlessly pulls forward with our endurance; time unleashed from chronology and prediction; time which resides in a dank, drunk, sordid hiss of relentless static.
As declared in Tarr’s film Damnation, “All stories are about disintegration.”
—András Bálint Kovács
The Lit Pub: “Ekphrasis Becomes Distant Confessional” (link expired)
Janice Lee is a Korean-American writer, editor, and teacher. She is the author of 7 books of fiction, creative nonfiction, & poetry, most recently: Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), Imagine a Death (Texas Review Press, 2021), and Separation Anxiety (CLASH Books, 2022).