Nature Book

Comitta, Tom


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Part sweeping evocation of Earth’s rhythms, part literary archive, part post-human novel, The Nature Book collages descriptions of the natural world into a singular symphonic paean to the planet.

challenges the confines of anthropocentrism with sublime artistic vision, traversing mountains, forests, oceans, and space to shift our attention toward the magnificently complex and interconnected world around us.

\”A magnum opus about the planet using only found text. . . . A dynamic and singular reading experience.\” -Kirkus, starred review

\”An immersive exhibition of nature writing. . . . [The Nature Book] pulls the reader along with gorgeous language and animal protagonists worth rooting for.\” -Publishers Weekly

\”In this seamless anthology, we forget that the experience of reading about nature is mediated by human voices and, when suspended in the text, succumb to the magical illusion that we are perceiving the world in itself.\” -The Brooklyn Rail

\”An epic journey-visual, textural and musical-that illustrates the vastness of our environment and its representation in literature.\” -Joseph Holt, Star Tribune

\”Here it is at last, and what a bloody relief to at last have it: The Novel Without Us. Using the suprasensory medium of the human vessel Tom Comitta, the trees and sky and earth have accessed the hyperobject or hyperartifact known as ‘literature’ in order to be heard from, across time and space. This is a novel to dwarf all others.\” -Jonathan Lethem

\”Tom Comitta’s original novel-composed of descriptions of animals, plants, weather, water, earth, time and space from canonical English-language works-is a feat of conceptual art, biblical in tone and panoramic in scope. The absence of human life in The Nature Book is a relief and a delight, yet Comitta’s devotion to the ‘ancillary’ builds a subtle and uncomfortable portrait of human consciousness: its judgments and observations, its habit of projecting itself into the minds of animals, and its tendency to see the natural world in terms of how it resembles, serves, or threatens the human one.\” -Kathryn Scanlan

\”In The Nature Book, language denuded from its original context serves its own surprising ends. An astounding project.\” -Jarett Kobek

Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Imprint: Coffee House Press
Publication date: 27/04/2023

ISBN: 9781566896634 Category: