A Set of Lines: a novel by S. D. Stewart
Quotidian dystopiary meets nouveau roman
Last night I drew all night. I copied the images from the textbook and then I drew them again freehand—I made them move on the page, lengthened the lines and darkened the centers.
The tree, the river, the old textbook—a triptych with shifting borders hangs in a place where dreams and memories intertwine. Omission and loss haunt those who live here, suspended as they are in an endless struggle to connect. Contracting and expanding as it progresses, the narrative of their existence ever-circles around a shrouded core.
The novel’s terrain lies somewhere between the surreal, labyrinthine hell of Alasdair Gray’s Lanark and the apocalyptic imagery of Anna Kavan’s Ice, and the end result is worthy of being filed on your bookshelves alongside those two immersive, unsettling fables.
—Daniel Williams, author of The Edge of the Object
In a pithy way, this novel is probably what would happen if Michel Gondry decided to direct Kafka.
—Rebecca Gransden, author of anemogram.
With cover design and interior illustrations by Nate Dorr, who since 2017 has been quietly depicting the beauty of decaying, mutated biospheres in his Disaster Landforms series.
Interior design and layout wizardry by Nathan Grover.
Published May 2020 | ISBN: 9781734939002
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