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Christian Patterson, Fond du Lac (Bottom of the Lake)

Fond du Lac (Bottom of the Lake) is Christian Patterson's most recent book. He won the Author's Book Award at Arles in 2012 with the Redheaded Peckerwood (MACK), in which he intertwined a pre-existing archive of material and his own original photographs, deliberately mixing fact and fiction. In Fond du Lac Patterson takes a similar approach, this time using a telephone directory from his home town produced for the year of his birth, 1973.

The directory, reproduced 1:1 in facsimile, functions as a time capsule that allows Patterson to both interrogate and irreverently satirise his home town and childhood; biro marks circle "Supple, Helen" and "Fricken, Jerald", advertisements for church groups are explicitly graffiti-ed and listings are embellished with pithy captions and drawings that hint at uneasy memories. The directory also is repurposed as a repository for Patterson's photographs and collages, which then lend the whole book with an atmosphere of wistful affection. Whilst on the one hand an exhaustive document of a specific place and time, read front to back, as a cryptographic novella of sorts, the book evokes a darkly alluring, almost Lynchian, suburban mystery. And the plot thickens when you call the number on the back cover...

Also available: Redheaded Peckerwood

£35.00GBP

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Christian Patterson, Fond du Lac (Bottom of the Lake) - Claire de Rouen Books
Christian Patterson, Fond du Lac (Bottom of the Lake) - Claire de Rouen Books
Christian Patterson, Fond du Lac (Bottom of the Lake) - Claire de Rouen Books
Christian Patterson, Fond du Lac (Bottom of the Lake) - Claire de Rouen Books