Apsara Engine

Apsara Engine

By Bishakh Som

Paperback / softback | ISBN 9781925704266

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By turns fantastical & familiar, this graphic short fiction collection is immersed in questions of gender, the body, & existential conformity.

The eight delightfully eerie stories in Apsara Engine are a subtle intervention into everyday reality: a woman drowns herself in a past affair, a tourist chases another guest into an unforeseen past, and a non-binary academic researches postcolonial cartography. Imagining diverse futures and rewriting old mythologies, these comics delve into strange architectures, fetishism, and heartbreak.

Painted in rich sepia-toned watercolours, Apsara Engine is Bishakh Som's highly anticipated debut work of fiction. Showcasing a series of fraught, darkly humorous, and seemingly alien worlds - which ring all too familiar - Som captures the weight of twenty-first-century life as we hurl ourselves forward into the unknown.

'Som's provocative collection of short comics explores the idiosyncrasies of gender, desire, friendship, courtship, family, and culture through speculative fiction. Each of her eight stories, rendered in fine pen and exquisite watercolor, explores a different facet of life in distinct futures, with a focus on South Asian perspectives and cultures...Som is a master of pacing, letting the emotion of her scenes churn and roil in the reader; her debut heralds the rise of new talent to watch.' - Publishers Weekly

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Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781925704266
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Publisher: The Lifted Brow
Number of pages: 250
Width (mm): 215
Height (mm): 280
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