Frenetic Happiness
Frozen Strangling Flamingo + 47 22 15 12 24 by Victor Boullet - written by Stian Gabrielsen

Frozen Strangling Flamingo + 47 22 15 12 24 by Victor Boullet - written by Stian Gabrielsen

14 GBP
a study by Victor Boullet written by Stian Gabrielsen

Mona H's 'endorsement'

Sstrangling Ffrozen Fflamingo is the second installment in a trilogy, if I have interpreted the cryptic fragments of information the book provides us with correctly. I have not read the first one, Time is the Assasin, and the third one, Pull That That, is not out yet. It is unclear to me what kind of literature this is – even after having read the whole book I'm still not sure. The plot evolves around the protagonist Victor Boullet and his relation to his childhood home. The chronology is jumbled so it's kind of hard to piece together the story. Suffice to say that Victor grew up in Oslo, lives in Paris, and has come back to Oslo because his mother is selling the house he grew up in. He walks around the place and feels connected to it in various pathological ways and has flashbacks. One of these flashbacks form the most substantial part of the book. Here is related in detail a night out a few years earlier, where the neighbourhood bar, Flamingo, plays a prominent part.

All three of the books have different writers, the only constant signature across the entire project is Victor Boullet's (and that of his idiosyncratic, cairo-based designer-cohort He is an idiot, whose absolute disregard for all coherence and readability is astounding). Judging from a description of Time is the Assassin that you can find on Antenne books' website, it too narrates roughly the same story: Boullet's night out. My guess is that this same story will also form the basis for the last installment in the trilogy. The circulation of the same story through these different creative frameworks draws focus to the process of writing a biography, or, more specifically, the precarious condition of biographical truth.
This is how I suspect the method works: Boullet approaches these writers with a request for them to write about a specific event from his past, but this event is only conveyed in outline. It is then left to the writer to flesh it out and turn it into a literary composition. This raises both issues of ownership (whose story is this, who is telling it? Boullet or Gabrielsen?) and, as I mentioned above, biographical truth; to what extent does this literary rendition of an episode from the life of Victor Boullet present things as they actually transpired? Though mostly held within the limits of plausibility, it's pretty clear from how the events evolve that fact is abandoned at some point.

Mona H.

Published by Antenne Publishing/Frenetic Happiness2014
Size: 21 x 17cm
pp. 96
ISBN: 9781908806031