Katrina Palmer, The Fabricator's Tale

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Here, in a new work by the author of The Dark Object, a series of tense and violent short stories are intertwined to form a narrative whole – a collection, with a twisted narrative structure, that parodies the form of a novel.

When the protagonist, the dysfunctional Reality Flickers, meets the psychotic Heart Beast (aka the fucker), death sex and sculpture collide in the stories that form The Fabricator’s Tale.

Palmer’s misanthropic characters are embedded within their own obsession with objects, with exposure, voyeurism, and the sexualised abuse of power, and appear to exist in a highly dysfunctional world, that parodies, and replicates both the conditions of art, and its place in contemporary society.

This meta-narrative is punctuation by short, abstract, and often disturbingly violent stories, featuring nameless characters that expose the repressed tension between the animate and inanimate, the sick malaise of contemporary life, and the cracking points of human subjectivity.

Paperback
200pp. | 176 x 108 mm
ISBN: 978 1906012 51 9
Publisher: Book Works

Bookworks is a leading contemporary arts organisation with a unique role as makers and publishers of books.
Established in 1984, they are dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists, and their projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects. Book Works consists of a publishing and commissioning department; and a studio specialising in binding, box-making and multiples. Their activities include publishing, a lecture and seminar programme, exhibitions, the development of an on-line archive, and artists’ surgeries and workshops held by both the publishing department and the studio.