O, A Prayer Book

Samuel Hasler


Book, 18 x 11 cm, 148 p., language : English, publisher : Book Works, London, ISBN : 978 1 906012 55 7.
Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2027/565).

Literary synopsis

An incantation and repetition of prayers, marks the introduction to a young man’s isolated, creatively-stifled existence. Deluded by the stagnating mythology of great European modernist artists, he escapes the drudgery of the supermarket nightshift but not his perverse imagination. He travels to Moscow and Venice on a journey that causes reflection on his romantic ideas; his desire for a wild, bohemian life; his crude libido; and his increasing doubts about his faith.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

The book operates as both a story and as a material context for a body of work; a spine connecting performances, readings, installations and printing.

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