Repaso (2015), by Mona Lisa P. Cajucom/Adam David (editor)
|Last week's book haul at BLTX 6 at Uno Morato|
The last sentence of the book was written in a completely different in tone from the introduction and the rest of the afterword. A false note to suggest that the book/collection is not all that it purportedly is? Would it matter if it weren't? It might, if you were one of those who went through past issues of National Geographic to find photos of the bridges of Madison County, after reading a certain book named after these structures. Or not. This is not that kind of book after all.
Personally, though, I still prefer to think that Mona Lisa P. Cajucom really did live and create the dagli and notes sandwiched in between the preliminaries and afterword. Otherwise, the collection loses the source of its power--the situation of her suicide, the failure which allows the editor to meditate on depression and survival. If she really did exist, I'd rather that she survived--of course I would. It doesn't even matter that Repaso would never have been published.
But if she didn't, if she were simply an invention, a device, a trick, a soapbox on which one could speak about depression and art...I'm not persuaded. If Repaso is about escaping the isolation of the depressive self through art, wouldn't the fiction of a dead body lie in the way of the author ultimately seeking connection with her/his reader/s? The editor's meditation on depression is powerful in itself.
Repaso is published by the independent small press publisher, Youth and Beauty Brigade and is available at Uno Morato.
Landline (2014), by Rainbow Rowell