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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 Bela 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, ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Penny-Ante Editions
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David
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is a fascinating pull to this book, at the same time both dark and routine. I kind of want to revisit this again after familiarizing myself with the works of Tarr and Krasznahorkai, because there seems to be so much more yet to discover in the short words herein, more that I'd get if I knew Tarr and Krasznahorkai's works. I'm sure there was so much I didn't see, but I loved what I did. Stylized yet individualized, at the edge of apocalypse but clearly never going there, these people seemed ...more
Edward Rathke
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and dark with apocalyptic poetry. Ir does remind me of Tarr, in the best ways.

It's a novel that feels ancient and fresh at the same time. Like it's written into the skin of the wind, into the bones of the earth.

It's a remarkable thing. A definite thing, and yet it's hard to put my finger on.

It's like holding a ghost.
Joe Milazzo
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Whether viewed as ekphrasis and exorcism, Damnation impresses most as portrait of spiritual crisis, albeit one that is not colored by any theology, any moral imperative, or any transcendence.

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Melanie Page
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Part of being a reviewer, though is having the confidence to remember that I've read a lot of books in nearly every genre and style (blank books, digital art/music/words books, books that were what the author copied from a newspaper--lots of "out there" stuff). I took on Damnation with my game face on....

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Michael Seidlinger
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Watching the film is merely the beginning. Long live the film that we play back in memory, the one that does it's best to change every bit of our emotions into something far more sinister than any single piece of celluloid.
John Trefry
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A couple of admissions: I've never seen a Bela Tarr film; I wrote the word 'perhaps' a great deal in my own endnotes of the book.

Blank pages are numbered.

I read the contents of the book, but I was reading another book. Perhaps I read a book that contained the other book. At many points I did not know which book was on my lap.

The fact that 'the book' arrives before the book begins is essential to this. The preface is the preexistence, the outside. It is Janice Lee. 'The book' exists before preexi
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Sara
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Damn fine book.
Joseph
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Grim. Lonely. Marvelous!
Brooks
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Is it significant who pulls the cart, the girl or the horse?"
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Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bela Tarr, black-and-white, noir without being noir.
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Janice Lee is a Korean-American writer, editor, publisher, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 7 books of fiction, creative nonfiction & poetry: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), Imagine a Death (The Operating System, 2021), and ...more

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