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The Book of Disappearances & The Book of Tractations
Raoul Ruiz [see all titles]
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Raoul Ruiz The Book of Disappearances & The Book of Tractations
published in April 1990
English edition
16,5 x 21,5 cm (softcover)
96 pages (16 color & b/w ill.)
€25.00
ISBN: 978-2-914563-19-2
EAN: 9782914563192
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A correspondence between a Moor and a Christian in 1666 at the time of false prophets and multiple conversions. Somewhere between official speeches and secret dealings, an allegory of contemporary colonialism...
What could a Moor and a Christian living in the 17th Century possibly have to write to each other about? The answer to that question is found in The Book of Disappearances & The Book of Tractations—an extravagant and playful book-object based on a correspondence that miraculously survived fire and destruction via rodent. These letters are the living testimonial to secret deals and passionate debate between the two communities. By following the thread of vowels and consonants printed in bold type and strung and hidden throughout the main text, readers can retrace the story of a captive girl from Marrakech whose story echoes that of the prostitute who incarned Spain in Velázquez's scandal-stirring painting, The Allegory of the Expulsion of the Moors. This delicate, wondrous, and precious book is a real adventure for the reader who attempts to differentiate between the puzzle's daring fiction and reality.
Raoul Ruiz (1941 – 2011) is a Chilean filmmaker, theater director and writer. A key figure of the New Latin American Cinema, politically engaged, he was forced to exile after Pinochet's coup d'etat in 1973. His work features over 100 films such as Tres tristes tigres (1968), Palomita blanca (1973), Klimt (2006) and Mysteries of Lisbon (2010).