On the ongoing project of writing about grief; Zambreno's addendum to Book of Mutter.
"I came up with the idea of writing these notes, or talks, out of a primary desire to not read from Book of Mutter, and instead to keep gesturing to its incompleteness and ongoingness, which connects, for me, to the fragmentary project of literature, and what I long for in writing.
--from Appendix Project
Inspired by the lectures of Roland Barthes, Anne Carson, and Jorge Luis Borges, Kate Zambreno's Appendix Project collects eleven talks and essays written in the course of the year following the publication of Book of Mutter, Zambreno's book on her mother that took her over a decade to write. These surprising and moving performances, underscored by the sleeplessness of the first year of her child's life, contain Zambreno's most original and dazzling thinking and writing to date. In Appendix Project Zambreno thinks through the work of On Kawara, Roland Barthes, W.G. Sebald, Bhanu Kapil, Walter Benjamin, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Marguerite Duras, Marlene Dumas, Louise Bourgeois, Doris Salcedo, Jenny Holzer, and more.
About the Author
Kate Zambreno is the author of eight books, most recently the novel Drifts (Riverhead) and a study on Hervé Guibert, To Write as if Already Dead (Columbia University Press). She is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction, and is at work on an essay collection, The Missing Person, to be published by Riverhead, and a novel, Foam. She teaches in the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University and is the Strachan Donnelley Chair in Environmental Writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
Appendix Project is a genre-crossing work about grief, time, memory, and the maternal, which is also a work about writing itself--Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2019 Book Preview
...this collection of 11 talks and essays reveals her anew as a master of the experimental lyric essay....the calm inquiry, wise voice, and poignant urgency behind every sentence will coalesce into a deeply reflective meditation on art, loss, and how 'time makes the intensity of mourning pass--and yet, nothing is soothed.'
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
...slim but packs a hefty intellectual punch
A revelatory project of exclamation and understanding.
--Los Angeles Review of Books
Kate Zambreno's oeuvre is not just a series of books but a body of thought, an interrupted exhortation on incompleteness and the intersections of life, death, time, memory, and silence.