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After Ithaca / Loss Soup online book launch

After Ithaca / Loss Soup online book launch

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Join us for the launch of two books by the co-directors of Dark Mountain: Charlotte Du Cann's 'After Ithaca' and Nick Hunt's 'Loss Soup'

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After Ithaca: Journeys in Deep Time and Loss Soup and Other Stories are Dark Mountain’s first single-author collections, published in association with Greenbank Books.

To celebrate their publication, we invite you to join the authors online for readings, questions and conversation, and to raise a glass.

ABOUT AFTER ITHACA:

What happens when the heroes disappear, when the battle for the city is over, when you return to the island and find a box in your hands? There was an instruction once that told us why the box should never be opened. But you don't believe those stories anymore. You always open the box.

Part memoir, part essay, part travelogue, After Ithaca follows a real-life journey of descent in a world on the tip of crisis. It is set in the Peruvian rainforest, in the backrooms of Suffolk towns, in the desert borderlands, in Occupy tents and Japanese tea houses, kitchens and burial chambers. The book revolves around the four tasks of Psyche, set by Venus, goddess of love and justice: four mythic territories that map this search for meaning and coherence in a time of fall. It is a personal story and also a social story, about the relinquishment of a certain world, that looks at writing as an existential practice: showing how myth can be a technê for finding our lost voice, our medicine of how to put a crooked thing straight.

How to pull ourselves out of the wreckage, and start again.

ABOUT LOSS SOUP:

A journalist is invited to the fabled Dinner of Loss to drink a viscous soup made of lost and extinct things. In the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a nihilistic sea captain becalms himself on a plastic sea, while in an English fishing village a senile Blackbeard reminisces about his bloodthirsty glory days. The failed conquistador Cabeza de Vaca sheds his personality on the swampy coasts of the New World, and in a cabin in the woods a couple are haunted by the ghosts of Homo erectus, Neanderthals and other extinct hominids. Elsewhere, a legendary beast is dragged from a Welsh mountain lake…

The fourteen stories in Nick Hunt’s debut collection of short fiction travel from sixteenth-century Mexico to a post-collapse near future, from a visionary supermarket to life on other planets. All of them revolve around different forms of loss. By turns blackly funny, disquieting and fantastical, Loss Soup and Other Stories is a journey through the Anthropocene, climate chaos and the Sixth Extinction to the strange new worlds that might lie beyond.

Tickets are free, but you'll need to register to guarantee a place. A link for the Zoom meeting will be sent out a few days before the event.

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