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Exiled on a deserted island, a Christ-haunted journalist-turned-filmmaker attempts to persuade a married women from his past to help him produce a skin care-themed pastiche to the 1960s French New Wave classic, "Last Year at Marienbad." Through this act of artistic creation, he expects to carry out the will of God by prophesizing the death of time and the birth of a new religion. If only he can make the woman remember him... "Marienbad My Love With Mango Extracts" is a 285,000-word reboot of "Marienbad My Love," the world's longest novel at 17 million words.
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The world's longest novel just got a lot shorter. Three years after publishing "Marienbad My Love" as a sprawling ebook, I am releasing a slimmed-down version in paperback form.
Titled "Marienbad My Love With Mango Extracts," the 680-page, 285,000-word novel is a condensed edition of the 17-million-word ebook I published in 2008. I decided to create an abridged edition as a way to bring an affordable print version to market.
People would read news stories about "Marienbad My Love" and then e-mail me to ask if they could buy a printed copy. And I'd say "are you crazy? It's 17 million words. It's thousands of pages. It'll take up half your bookcase and cost you $500 in copying fees and shipping!" So I decided to edit it down to a length that would fit in a single paperback. I sliced away 98 percent of the original text, freshened up the story a bit with some new content and put the resulting work up for sale.
Like its 17-million-word source novel, "Marienbad My Love With Mango Extracts" is the story of a Christ-haunted journalist-turned-filmmaker who attempts to persuade a married woman from his past to help him produce a remake of the the 1960s French New Wave classic, "Last Year at Marienbad." But instead of confining himself to using elements of B-movie science fiction (as in the original novel), the protagonist of "Marienbad My Love With Mango Extracts" also infuses his cinematic remake with skin care themes appropriated from beauty-product advertising copy. I was inspired to reformulate the storyline with this seemingly-unrelated content after reading a magazine story about the glut of beauty-product ads pitching a food angle.
My favorites are the skin care products with such flavorful ingredients as hydrating milk lotion, nourishing body butter, citrus-infused shaving gel and, of course, mango extracts. I am fascinated by the pseudo-scientific suggestion that these delicious-sounding products can actually reanimate dead skin cells. It's science-fiction advertising, which makes it a perfect fit for a science-fiction novel.
As I did with "Marienbad My Love," I am making "Marienbad My Love With Mango Extracts" available through a Creative Commons license, which allows authors to offer their copyrighted work to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing and remixing. The remixing opportunity is what really excites me. I want to encourage young writers to explore the vast possibilities of literary appropriation as a valid creative endeavor. Steal my words and make them your own.
Read more about "Marienbad My Love" and "Marienbad My Love With Mango Extracts" at marienbadmylove.com.
Mark Leach is the author of "Marienbad My Love," the world's longest novel. He lives in Coppell, Texas.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1456504797