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Out Now: The Tales

Published onJul 20, 2023
Out Now: The Tales

About the Book

“By defamiliarizing the place we live, The Tales makes us aware just how dystopian it really is. Like the soldier whose stories change the course of civilization, Jessica Bozek is that rare communicator with the power to make us see the world a little differently.” ~ Maggie Millner, Zyzzyva

Stitching together a post-apocalyptic history from the scraps of fairy tales, war memorials, hunting songs, and disparate scholarship, Jessica Bozek’s The Tales traces the violence that humans inflict upon one another. As the central narrative of the Lone Survivor becomes revealed through the mouths of various perspectives, Bozek investigates the language that victims and perpetrators alike use to make sense of (and attempt to forget) the aftermath of violence. From ordinary objects—family photographs, sweaters that unravel, old batteries, and lightbulbs—to the remnants of destroyed art and architecture, an annihilated nation is brought into reality, and the Lone Survivor’s story is simultaneously documented and invalidated, becoming “a memorial that will disintegrate over time, gray and fray as most of the dead did not have a chance to.”

This title is released as an open access second edition as part of punctum’s Special Collections project.

About the First Edition

About the Author

Jessica Bozek is the author of The Tales and The Bodyfeel Lexicon, as well as several chapbooks, including How to See the Wind. She teaches classes on poetry, race, and arts activism at Boston University. She lives and runs in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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