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A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel (fourth edition) (edition 2005)

by Tom Phillips

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Title:A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel (fourth edition)
Authors:Tom Phillips
Info:Thames & Hudson, paperback
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Rating:****1/2
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I think this is entirely more daring than Burroughs' feverish cut ups or the textual experiments of the Surrealists, being that it is so ambitious and multifaceted. Phillips' takes the idea of a 'found text' to another level, giving readers all at once a love story, an ars poetica, an art book, and a weird postmodern magic eight ball brimming with hermetic advice. In reading the introduction, it is evident that this is an effort that proves over and over that words and texts are astoundingly alive and pliable. A pleasure to read, to view, and to explore. ( )
1 vote poetontheone | Feb 19, 2014 |
the art dandy Grenville, amused by the latest girl - the new audacity began devoting himself to Vice on the day specified,

"A Humument" is an altered book art project rather than a novel. Tom Phillips took a forgotten Victorian novel called "A Human Document" and started to decorate each page by painting, collage or simply scoring out the words, leaving a few words on each page to form a new story. It seems to be the tale of a man named Toge (whose surname can only appear on pages that originally contained the word together or altogether), and his on-off relationship with a woman called Irma. He also has a friend (or rival?) called Grenville, but it's all rather obscure and elliptical.

"A Humument" is an ongoing project, with each new edition of the book having some pages with new artwork, and the artist's aim is that eventually he will have replaced every page from the first edition. ( )
  isabelx | Mar 31, 2009 |
You "read" this the way you might, in a certain mood, read the I Ching, Finnegan's Wake, or the Manhattan telephone directory: momentarily, at random, but with pleasure and the sense that there might be a real revelation in it somewhere, but you're never sure. It's an oddity, a brilliant one. ( )
  TRHummer | Jul 28, 2008 |
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In the mid-1960s, Tom Phillips took a forgotten nineteenth-century novel, W. H. Mallock's A Human Document, and began cutting and pasting the extant text to create something new. The artist writes, 'I plundered, mined and undermined its text to make it yield the ghosts of other possible stories, scenes, poems, erotic incidents and surrealist catastrophes which seemed to lurk within its wall of words. As I worked on it, I replaced the text I'd stripped away with visual images of all kinds. I began to tell and depict, among other memories, dreams and reflections, the sad story of Bill Toge, one of love's casualties.' After its first publication in book form in 1980, A Humument rapidly became a cult classic. This new fourth edition follows its predecessors by incorporating revisions and re-workings -- over half the pages in the 1980 edition are replaced by new versions -- and celebrates an artistic enterprise that is nearly forty years old and still actively a work in progress.

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