Colva Books are an ongoing series of chapbooks on diverse subjects, written, designed and produced in small runs by Graeme Hobbs.
Monday, 14 September 2015
43 Simenon (si ou non)
August 2015 double-sewn booklet 16 pages 180mm x 214mm
The content of Simenon (Simenon si ou non) comprises the openings or endings of six novels – two Maigrets and four romans durs – by Georges Simenon. The openings have been rewritten into endings, and the endings have likewise been turned into openings. Barring a few minor changes necessitated by grammatical sense the words are identical, just re-ordered; they are paired by number throughout, raising the puzzle of which is which, with the identities of both originals and imposters revealed at the end. The booklet is sewn at both sides (this was the origin for the booklet in fact as I was looking for a subject suitable for such a treatment) with the pages interleaved. I know the French title is gramatically shaky (‘You’re not going to call it that, are you? Si!’) but that’s what it has been since the booklet’s inception; the name was too good not to make use of in such a way.
Graeme writes curious tales and creates chapbooks and other diverse artworks, some of which can be seen at his colvabooks blog, found here. He spent ten years writing and podcasting on film; longer pieces written for various publications over the years are collected at his bythebluestofseas blog, which is found here.