Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book. Vol I of V


by Shubigi Rao
published by Rock Paper Fire


Writer and artist Shubigi Rao has been working on 'Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book', a ten-year long film, book,  visual art, and exhaustive research project about the history of book destruction, censorship and cultural genocide, as well as the book as symbol and resistance. Travelling and filming solo across the world, collecting fragments, ephemera, anecdotes, and buried secrets, she visits public and private collections, libraries and archives, institutions and individuals that have served as flashpoints in history. 

This is the first book in a series of five, and as such holds the undiluted joy of loving books, and furious anger and sorrow at their destruction.

“If our history is anything to go by, all books are predestined ashes, whether burning, flying like confetti at a fascist parade, or pulped, dissolved, rendered into nothing more than fragments, scraps of phrases in the living memory of its ageing readers. This book (like all books) is about what it means to be human and build fictions, and also how human it is to burn them.” -Shubigi Rao


- paperback, 251 pages
- product dimensions: 165 x 235 mm

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