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The Perfect Archive
Guernica Editions, Fall 2019
98 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771833721
ISBN10: 1771833726
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

At the core of the dry and purposeful language of Library Science and the Rules of Archival Practice is an Orwellian impulse that serves as a lens through which to consider what Hannah Arendt famously called “the banality of evil.” The Perfect Archive is a story in verse about an archivist who moves beyond his role as protector and cataloguer of others' work and begins to question the very nature of a “pure and accurate” archive. The role of a government Archivist is to organize and catalogue books, statutes, and memoranda. What happens when these documents are weaponized?
O, But what shall I tell you? What is there worth being told? The future will be luminous and reckless.

Books by Paul Lisson

The Perfect Archive