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Dirty Literature Audio

C, Tom McCarthy

Live at the National Portrait Gallery
Thursday 16th June, 2011

C is flooded with signals. The novel follows the short, intense life of Serge Carrefax, a man who - as his name suggests - surges into the electric modernity of the early twentieth century, transfixed by the technologies that will obliterate him. Affiliated with the abstract language of technical codes and networks, C brings into play questions of systems of transfer and the abstraction of mediated communication. Reading and reflecting on passages of C, McCarthy expanded on the absence and loss of narrative coherence in the three-way relationship between language, technology and subjectivity.

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