2010
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C by Tom McCarthy
Bound by Glenn Bartley

Full black Harmatan goatskin; crimson and grey goatskin onlays, some recessed and edged in pale olive green acrylic. Doublures of crimson goatskin; flyleaves of grey suede and Thai grass paper. Edges airbrushed with pale olive green acrylic. Gold and blind tooling.

Buckram book box with felt linings. Recessed label tooled in gold and blind.

C follows the short, intense life of Serge Carrefax, living through the electric modernity of the early twentieth century, transfixed by the technologies that will obliterate him.

Born to the sound of one of the very first experimental wireless stations, Serge finds himself steeped in a weird world of transmissions, whose very air seems filled with cryptic and poetic signals of all kinds.

Moving through idyllic settings of pre-war Europe the story gives way to the exhilarating flight-paths of the frontline aeroplane radio operator, then the prison camps of Germany, the drug-fuelled London of the roaring twenties and, finally, the ancient tombs of Egypt.