The Subsidiary

The Subsidiary This is a book written in stamps And it works the form perfectly emulates the gloomy atmosphere of the subsidiary and the broken emotional environment of its employees With few words The Subsidiary s

  • Title: The Subsidiary
  • Author: Matías Celedón Samuel Rutter
  • ISBN: 9781612195445
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is a book written in stamps And it works the form perfectly emulates the gloomy atmosphere of the subsidiary and the broken emotional environment of its employees With few words, The Subsidiary says a great deal La PolleraIn the subsidiary offices of a major Latin American corporation, the power suddenly goes out the lights switch off the doors lock the phon This is a book written in stamps And it works the form perfectly emulates the gloomy atmosphere of the subsidiary and the broken emotional environment of its employees With few words, The Subsidiary says a great deal La PolleraIn the subsidiary offices of a major Latin American corporation, the power suddenly goes out the lights switch off the doors lock the phone lines are cut The employees are trapped in total darkness with only cryptic, intermittent announcements dispatched over the loud speaker, instructing all personnel to remain at their work stations until further notice.The Subsidiary is one worker s testimony to what happens during the days he spends trapped within the building s walls, told exclusively and hauntingly through the stamps he uses to mark corporate documents Hand designed by the author with a stamp set he bought in an bookstore in Santiago, Mat as Celed n s The Subsidiary is both an exquisite object and a chilling avant garde tale from one of Chile s rising literary stars.

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    1. here is the story of me reading this book:i left my house to run some errands, checking the mailbox on my way out. this book was inside. "hooray!," i exclaimed, "a book for me!" i flipped through it as i walked down the street. "man, this is short," i thought to myself. i began to read the book while walking. i ran three errands: organic store, dollar store, dunkin' donuts, reading the whole time, and by the time i got home - lo! i had finished the book! which sounds like i am the most impressiv [...]

    2. on one hand, matías celedón's the subsidiary (la filial) is a cleverly constructed novel(la), yet, on the other, fails to match the promise of its aesthetic appeal. created using a stamp set with movable type, nearly every page features a single sentence 'written' in this analog form. the story itself, however, is too sparsely composed to transcend or overcome the challenges of employing this artistic style.celedón, a chilean screenwriter, journalist, and author, sets his brief tale within th [...]

    3. You don't so much read a book like Matías Celedón's The Subsidiary as experience it, and what a mind-bending experience it is.As the publisher explains, Celedón hand-designed his book using an old stamp set, individually typesetting the brief text of each page into a stamp and then stamping them himself into the pages of the book. Given its format, it's not surprising that the book's actual word count is very low. What is surprising is how much fear and paranoia Celedón manages to convey in [...]

    4. I found this more creepy than House of Leaves. If you like dystopians or 'found footage' films where you only get part of the story. This book is one to be experienced rather than read. The typesetting is extremely efficient.

    5. This is an experimental work of fiction/design which describes what happens when there is an extended power outage at an office - the chaos that breaks out, people described as either blind, lame, one-eyed, one-armed, dogs running up and so forth. It's a nightmare scenario - and must be the way the author wishes to express the idea of the sub conscious breaking through when darkness/sleep/night descends - transforming the "orderliness" of the office routine and routine inter-action with co-worke [...]

    6. This book will take you ten to fifteen minutes to read. Matías Celedón used a stamp to tell his story.Employees find themselves in darkness and locked in. One of the employees uses his stamp to report their situation.Its a creative concept and on that alone the book merits an A+The use of the stamp limits the amount he can say in one sentence. As an art piece it works; however, the story left me perplexed and unsatisfied.Most likely my lack of knowledge of the historical and current societal/p [...]

    7. It is impossible to tell apart the animals.I wanted to like this novella a lot more than I did. Despite being over 200 pages, The Subsidiary took around 20 minutes to read max. That's because each page is no more than a sentence. We've got an experimental format on our hands!! Our main character is an office worker trapped in his building when there's a mysterious power outage. The gimmick? He's writing the book using stamps. So, visually, this book is quite stunning. The story gets a little bit [...]

    8. This is an easy book to read in one sitting. It took me about 20 minutes. I was intrigued by a story written entirely in desk stamps. It's creative and artistic and the story itself is very weird. I love weird but I feel like I didn't understand a lot that was going on. Apparently it has to do with the local political and social history of which I am embarrassingly ignorant. Without this knowledge the story was ominous and strange but I didn't get why everyone had a disability or what it all rea [...]

    9. Eeeeeh, I was excited for this one because of the way it's written in stamps, but it was more confusing than anything I thought. You need to really be willing to think about every line and every possible connotation/symbolism within it, and I wasn't. From what I did grasp it was more real-life horror than spooky stuff that couldn't actually happen, which is not really the kind of horror I wanna read.

    10. Soon to be published in English this fall, The Subsidiary is a very unusual read. It's told entirely in memo stamps, which is creative and artistic, but also a bit like poetry. An interesting read, but not quite my type of weird.

    11. Timbres, opresión, la sensación de estar todo el rato atrapados, presos de nosotros mismos y del resto, de lo que pasa y de lo que no, de lo que se calla y de lo que se dice bajito, de lo que se dice para que no lo escuchemos tanto.

    12. Very, very fast read. I really enjoy the experimental format. Power goes out. Stuck in a building. Write by stamps, candles, flashlight. Where I get a little lost is where all the weird things go down. You have a mute girl, a one-eyed man, a one-armed man, etc. You have roaming dogs. People become animals. Very unusual, short journey. The book carries well enough in this short of a format, but there's something missing, and it certainly would be far more difficult to make work in a larger format [...]

    13. Stuck inside an office building with no power and no escape: a postmodern horror story. This glimpse underneath mundane office life is simultaneously absurd and eerie. Using only office supplies, Celedon, and his narrator, don't so much write a story as create impressions. Like the nameless characters themselves, the narrative is incomplete--damaged. The characters' colossal failures to connect in a humane way remind me of Stanislaw Lem's 1961 bureaucratic nightmare Memoirs Found In A Bathtub. R [...]

    14. La forma es el fondoSimpático este ejercicio de novela contada en forma de breves mensajes. Es una de esas obras donde el diseño es parte de la historia pero es un poco más que eso; la historia que cuenta es buena y logra transmitir la sensación de claustrofobia y la ya clásica opresión oficinista. Recomiendo leerla de un tirón no como hice yo que tuve hacerlo en dos partes.

    15. I tried so hard to like this book. But honestly, the premise was ridiculous--who has time to type notes (or even print them) on post-its? And the story just doesn't work. It goes too fast and doesn't give one enough sense of the character or characters in the story. I didn't find it avant-garde, amusing, sarcastic, or even haunting. I ultimately found it a complete waste of my time and money.

    16. I haven't really settled on an opinion of this. The conceit of using stamps to tell the story, with one sentence per page, highlights the disorder and chaos of a sudden violent take-over. Yet it also moves the story too quickly to appreciate it while it's being read.

    17. Interesting--I'm a sucker for these types of books, but this one just didn't meet expectations. I wanted to like it more than I did.

    18. I can acknowledge the innovative construction (written using only a stamp set), but when a story packs mysogyny, racism, and insulting ableism into fewer than 20 words per page, I cannot applaud it. Hated it.

    19. I'll applaud Matías Celedóns artistic vision and creativity although the book fell short of my expectations in terms of actual content. The design and layout is bold and original and ties in to the story, although there isn't very much of a story. What there is does provide tension and the surreal narrative pulls the reader in to try and decode this strange book. I enjoyed the book, but I didn't love it, I personally feel that this needs a bit more fleshing out.

    20. This book was provided to me as an uncorrected ARC by the publisher.In the subsidiary offices of a major Latin American corporation, the power suddenly goes out: the lights switch off; the doors lock; the phone lines are cut. The employees are trapped in total darkness with only cryptic, intermittent announcements dispatched over the loud speaker, instructing all personnel to remain at their work stations until further notice.The Subsidiary is one worker’s testimony to what happens during the [...]

    21. A book told with a set of rubber stamps? I'm there!Sadly, the book wasn't quite all there.The idea is great. The alphabet stamps are used in interesting ways to hint at bars, blinds, the tedium that is waiting. Some pages made me smile at their cleverness. And it certainly reads quickly, with only one sentence on each page. At times the writing feels like poetry.But once you get to the end you're like what? The power is cut, weird stuff happens, the power eventually turns back on. The end. There [...]

    22. Honestly I was excited just to get this book because it was different.It is a quick read, you can do it in a matter of 30 minutes, but that doesn't mean it's an easy read.It's like poetry when you think about the economy of words. The less words you have the more you have to think about the meaning of every letter of every word you put into, unlike longer works where you maybe think about the meaning of every sentence or of every page.This is the kind of book you need to read a few times to unde [...]

    23. Office supplies become tools of witness for one worker inside The Subsidiary. When power is cut and darkness ensues, when doors to the outside are locked and the PA system directs employees to stay at their workstations, the narrator documents the harrowing events in the only way he can. Deceptively simple text and graphics - rendered in desk stamps - serve to illuminate the haunting and horrifying events that occur over the next few days. Whether an apocalyptic diary or traumatic hallucination, [...]

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