Secret Life (Hardback)
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Secret Life (Hardback)

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Hardback 184 Pages / Published: 28/09/2021
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To the west: trees. To the east: a mall. North: fast food. South: darkness. And at the center is The Building, an office building wherein several factions vie for dominance. Inside, the walls are infiltrated with vines, a mischief of mice learn to speak English, and something eerie happens once a month on the fifth floor. In Secret Life, Theo Ellsworth uses a deep-layered style to interpret Nebula Award winning author Jeff VanderMeer s short story. What emerges is a mind-bending narrative that defamiliarizes the mundanity of office work and makes the arcane rituals of The Building home. When his manager borrows his pen for a presentation, a man is driven to unspeakable acts as he questions the role the pen has played in his workplace success. The despised denizens of the second floor develop their own tongue, incomprehensible to everyone else in The Building. A woman plants a seed of insurgency that quickly permeates every corner of the building with its sweet, nostalgic perfume. With deft insight, Secret Life observes the sinister individualism of bureaucratic settings in contrast with an unconcerned natural world. As the narrative progresses, you may begin to suspect that the world Ellsworth has brought to life with hypnotic visuals is not so secret after all; in fact, it s uncannily similar to our own.

Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
ISBN: 9781770464032
Number of pages: 184
Dimensions: 222 x 152 mm


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With his meticulously drawn, uncanny comics, Ellsworth proves a fitting and unnerving match to mine this eerie, parable-like short story by VanderMeer... This bizarre, fantastical vision will charm art comics and surrealist lit fans alike. Publishers Weekly. From the cover alone, it's clear Ellsworth s visuals are unique, striking, and surreal... Corporate culture, capitalism/consumption, social hierarchies, and domination notwithstanding, only a vine flourishes here. Booklist. In this mind-bending narrative, all kinds of weird things are happening: mice can speak English while lower-caste workers on the second floor develop their own language... It s an allegory about work life like no other. NOW Magazine

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