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The Apparatus of Yearning

Douglas Thompson

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Status in production
Release Date 2024
Limitation 24 copies
Size 16 × 24 cm
ISBN 978-3-949341-67-0
Edition lettered edition
Workmanship Signed, thread-stitched hardcover, presented in a black clamshell with a rectangular window through which the title is visible. The book’s edges are tinted in blue and the endpapers are original cyanotypes! This edition comes in Zagava’s trademark gift wrapping with handwritten title.


“Her hair in my face a tangle of rhododendron, her laughter like waterfalls, her dark glittering eyes, the mischief of her smile. The scintillation of another human body waiting like an unconquered kingdom, clothed in veils of stories, the towers of white hopes we build together under stolen moons. Oh sweet remembered nights of doomed misconduct...”


Surreal and diverse, in these twenty short stories Douglas Thompson navigates the territory of disquiet to question our moral complacencies; in prose of often startling intensity, pursuing and dissecting the hidden mechanics of human longing and attraction. Desire, the engine of survival, can all too often become the black and bitter seed of dissolution.