(Cosmicomics now all in one volume; Jeanette Winterson review here)
I am Tazio Bazakbal.
If you look closely in the picture above, I am the young man on horseback. Near me you see a field laborer--I'm sorry I've forgotten her name--and in the background my hometown, Malbork.
Please be patient as the dust and cobwebs are scraped away; Malbork has seen better days, but since the war, well, you know ...
"How is it possible to defeat not the authors but the functions of the author, the idea that behind each book there is someone who guarantees a truth in that world of ghosts and inventions by the mere fact of having invested in it his own truth . . ." [Reviews]
"Now you have been able to reduce the countless embattled troops to an array that is, to be sure, very large but still calculable in a finite number; but this relative relief is then undermined by the ambush of the Books Read Long Ago Which It's Now Time To Reread and the Books You've Always Pretended To Have Read And Now It's Time To Sit Down And Really Read Them." [What Calvino Read]
"To get all this into one photograph he had to acquire an extraordinary technical skill, but only then would Antonino quit taking pictures. Having exhausted every possibility, at the moment when he was coming full circle Antonino realized that photographing photographs was the only course that he had left--or, rather, the true course he had obscurely been seeking all this time." [The Calvino Effect]
-Updated June 15, 2009; Outside the Town of Malbork was first programmed in Jan. 1999.