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Book Release

"i left my body behind" by Martian M. Mächler   

Saturday, 2.12.2023 at Kunstmuseum Luzern

A book of narrative poetry published by Wasteland in collaboration with Kunstmuseum Luzern.

This is a book about some body. some body is specialized in the impossible – delivering messages deemed undeliverable. Their call for voluntary work (due to urgency! – and that they seem to squeeze in between working at a factory that produces parts for buttons and breast pumps and serving food at a sensorily overwhelming restaurant) is rain. Rain, that falls down in various shapes, from drizzle to baby-fist-sized hail.

The exceptionally dry summer, in which the fragmented narration takes place, doesn’t offer a lot of those wet opportunities needed for successful delivery. But time cracks seem to open up under- neath shower heads and in front of junctions where rubber boats are carried by their passengers.

Both funny and philosophical, Martian M. Mächler’s auto fictional interweaving of voices present in prose and poetry point at a multiplicity and fluidity that is trapped within constructed binaries - impossible to be bound within a sealed body. The book creates a nuanced space for readers to engage with complex trauma and dissociation as a defense strategy – pointing at the always ready bodyguards trapped in their time zones, hovering around some body – indirectly asking for a more fluid conception of embodiment.

Written in english (occasionally (swiss-)german)
160 pages, edition of 1000, softcover, 126 x 195mm, ISBN: 978-2-8399-4042-9


FOR CHF 20.- instead of CHF 23.50 until 1 December 2023. Order via books(at)wasteland.earth with the subject line "pre-order i left my body behind", number of copies and delivery address.

02.12.2023, 11am-6pm on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Solo Martian M. Mächler with Esther Vorwerk & André Veigas P. at Kunstmuseum Luzern.

BOOKSHOPS from December 5,2023 on: Paranoia City (Zurich), Queer Books (Bern), Kunstmuseum Luzern (Lucerne)

05.12.2023, 20.00 Texte zum Nachdenken at Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich

12.12.2023, 19:30
“..denn wir sind viele, jede*r einzelne von uns“,  Ein vielstimmiger literarischer Jahresausklang,
feministischer salon basel at Kaserne, Basel

24.01.2024, 18.00 Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern