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Elation Press is SO very pleased to announce the printing of a second edition of "Abraxas." Edition one hit with resounding success, so a friend of the company very generously offered a loan to get a second edition in print immediately, and we are now happy to offer 200 more copies for sale.
Like the first edition, these books are a limited run, hand-numbered by the author.
"Abraxas" speaks from the same contemplative, compassionate, deeply personal voice you're familiar with from "Purge," but takes the prose up a few levels and introduces a rhythmic abstraction to the narrative not present in the shorter, more anecdotal zines you've read from Fat Heart Press.
"Abraxas," although not a zine, might still resonate with perzine loyalists; it's written in the same self-revealing vein as Lapczynski's other work, in the history of Aaron Cometbus, Cindy Crabb, Jeff Miller, et al., but should also speak to a further literary audience, sharing some stylistic influence with Nathalie Stephens, Flann O'Brien, and a cue or two from The Beats.
(Changes from the first edition are minor edits and slight reformatting.)
Praise for Abraxas:
"Having just finished my second reading of Abraxas by Marta Lapczynski, I can firmly state that this is a work to be read twice. The size of the volume is deceptive, as the weight is great. Lapczynski creates a venn diagram between truth and fiction, terror and bravery, and gently rests in the space between. She is intensely honest, making herself vulnerable on the page so much so that I found moments where I wondered whether it would be fair for me to continue reading, but the guilt caused by enjoying knowing so much about a near stranger was overshadowed by my sense of loyalty. I became her confidant, another character acting alongside her and Fox, in on their jokes and their pains alike. Her play with structure is hip and accurate, choosing moments for punctuation and abbreviation that just make sense. It is a love story about a young woman and New York City that is, of late, being often told very poorly and it is refreshing to finally find such a heartbreaking and uplifting representation of this relationship." - Amy Virginia Buchanan, Housing Works Bookstore
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