Terry Pitts, the author of the Vertigo blog on Max Sebald, collects fiction and poetry books embedded with photographs. He records a bibliography of these books in LibraryThing site (this link).
It's a surprising catalog for me since I see some of the books in stores but didn't realize they have photographs in them.
But is this trend of attaching photographs to a text yet another example of dumbing-down to stark literalism and the inability of the reader to visualise from the text provided and/or author unable to accurately delineate and describe with words, or does it really add something new to literary works ?ReplyDelete
In the books I've read (those by W. G. Sebald & Javier Marías) I think the photographs are an integral part of the storytelling. They add something to the text and sometimes raise the question of authenticity of fiction.ReplyDelete
I think with Sebald, especially in Unrecounted the lithographs act as a dialogue with the poetry.ReplyDelete
That's a wonderful way of putting it, Gary.ReplyDelete