Double Game was the first major publication in English by French artist Sophie Calle (born 1953), and is her bestselling title to date. It takes the form of a double jeu or double game between the work of Sophie Calle and the fiction of Paul Auster. The story begins with Maria, a fictional character in Paul Auster’s novel, Leviathan. Most of the fictional Maria’s works are, in fact, based on those of the real-life Sophie Calle. The first section of Double Game features Calle’s representations of the fictional Maria’s works. We see the pieces both as they’re described in their fictional context and as Calle’s own interpretation of the descriptions from Paul Auster’s novel. In the second section, the story delves deeper into Calle’s world, with a sequence of Calle’s seminal narrative and abstract works in texts and images that were in turn appropriated by the fictional Maria in Leviathan. The third section of Double Game switches the focus back to Maria’s original creator, Paul Auster, who takes Calle as his subject, formulating for her the Gotham Handbook, which offers personalized instructions for the artist on “How to Improve Life in New York City.” This is the British edition of the 2007 reprint.
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Sophie Calle was born in Paris in 1953. Since the 1980s her photographic installations have received international recognition at museum including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tate Gallery, London, and Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Paul Auster was born in New Jersey in 1947. His novels include "The New York Trilogy," "Leviathan," and "Mr. Vertigo."Review:
Double Game is a wonderful artist's book. Calle's texts are riveting, and they are enriched and amplified by accompanying photos. The photographs also pull us into the game. -- The New York Times Book Review, Julie Martin
...allowed Calle to “take back my ten pages of his [Auster’s] novel [Leviathan]. I obey the book, Maria obeys me.” -- Time Out New York, March 15-22, 2001, Issue No. 28 --Meghan Dailey
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