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Mark Saporta's Composition No. 1 (posted 4 February 2004)
Here's a detailed description of a reading of Mark Saporta's recombinant novel Composition No. 1, which Marie-Laure Ryan cites as perhaps the only actual example of a Complete Graph. The description, incidentally, is by Nick Montfort, whose work we'll be encountering again during the semester.
This desciption seemed more a record of his reading than a comment on the book. I stopped reading four (printed) pages in, because I'd rather read the book than read a reading of the book...
He does make it sound very, very interesting, though. Is this book still printed? I think he mentioned reading it in the "rare books" section, so that would make me think it's hard to come by.
"Books" like Saporta's tend be rare, printed in limited editions, yes. They're more like art objects than books in the usual sense (in terms of their production and dissemination). Typically they're found in the hands of private collectors or libraries. In our area the Library of Congress might have a copy--don't know.
One other note--unlike many cybertexts which claim to be different every time you read them, Saporta's work is conspicuous in that it is the same every time--that is, no matter what the outcome of your random page shuffling, the "same" events transpire and the same *plot* (if not necessarily the same *story* sequence) is generated.
Just did a quick search for the text. Yup, LOC has a copy (off-site).
However, UMCP has two copies, both in off-site storage. I'll see about getting it.
Turns out UM's copies are in French and bound. Ah well.