Throughout the year, some of Mark Z. Danielewski’s biggest fans have been participating in a revolutionary experiment. Danielewski has taken the footnotes and appendices of House of Leaves about ten steps forward. Fan submissions to an August 2005 post on Danielewski’s official website mingle with the prose narratives of Hailey and Sam, the two protagonists in the author’s second novel, Only Revolutions.
includes historical notes
in the margins, and a portion
of Sam’s story,
as well as a portion
of Hailey’s, on
each of the 360 pages in his latest work.
The novel gives hints that the
The book is difficult to take in all at once, as it is masterfully complex. Each page contains a preset number of words from each narrative. Cars, animals and plants are scattered throughout each side of the story, many of which were culled from fan submissions and suggestions from friends. The story is one of love and war. As millions die in the historical sidebars, Sam and Hailey’s cars are fueled forward on roadways throughout the United States, stopping through familiar locations, and leaving carnage in their path.
At the beginning
of the Spring,
As Summer began, Danielewski again asked his fans for assistance, this time in an open audition for the audio project that would be developed alongside the print version of Only Revolutions. The first fruits of this part of the experiment can be heard in “Revolutions of Ruin,” an audio track currently playable on Danielewski’s website, as well as on MySpace. “Revolutions of Ruin” includes 20 voices, most coming from the fan submissions.
Autumn brings us the actual physical book release. The novel is now available in the United States, and the United Kingdom. Danielewski is set to tour North America, including readings, Q&A and signings at many bookstores. Follow the tour allong with US on our blog.
Many thanks to MZD and Michiko for their help!