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Jake Chapman

198x128 mm softback
308 pages
24 colour plates
ISBN 978-0-9558620-0-7
Published 2008

In his first work of fiction, artist Jake Chapman slashes the romantic 
novel down to bare bone and constructs his own disfigured version 
from the slaughtered remains.

Chlamydia Love is gifted her very own tropical island by her fiancé, 
where she develops a grudging adoration for its real owner, the 
enigmatic bestselling author, Helmut Mandragorass. A battle between 
her fiancé and Helmut ensues, for ownership of the island and 
ultimately for the love of Chlamydia.

This mercilessly subversive tale is illustrated by Chlamydia's 
watercolours entitled Visions of Morass, images inspired by the island 
as she struggles with her feelings of agony and ecstasy.

3 Signed Book Set cover

3 Signed Book Set

Signed copies of: The Marriage of Reason & Squalor, Memoirs of My Writer's Block, INTROSPASTIC: From the Blackend Beyond.
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Print Edition cover

Print Edition

250 copies with a hand coloured etching by Jake Chapman
signed and numbered in a black cloth bound Solander box. Shown below.


Slipcase Edition cover

Slipcase Edition

250 signed and numbered books in a wibalin slipcase.


It took him four years to write and is quite a read; twisted, visceral, mangled and dense - indigestible for some, compelling for others.
ES magazine

Jake Chapman rips off arms and hurls them against the glibness and facility that characterise contemporary literature, whether mass market or literary. His first novel is triumphantly, insanely and beautifully unreadable – my eyes bled.
Will Self

It's a kind of analogue for the visual work that I make with my brother, and I guess the best way to describe it would be as a cure for insomnia, or a good book to prop up a wonky table.
Jake Chapman in Artforum

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