Dec.10, 2013

In an unprecedented and innovative format, award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Chang-rae Lee debuts his new novel, ON SUCH A FULL SEA, with a first-of-its-kind 3D printed slipcase, printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

Image credit: Makerbot

Designed by Helen Yentus and MakerBot, this highly anticipated new novel comes as a signed limited edition hardcover with a custom 3D printed slipcase. And only 200 of the 3D printed slipcases will be sold.

"What I like about this project is that it re-introduces the idea of the book as an art object," said Lee. "Content is what's most important, but this [3D edition] is a book with a physical presence, too. Of course I hope what's inside is kinetic, but the physical thing isn't normally meant to be. This edition feels as if it's kinetic, that it has some real movement to it. It's quite elegant as well."

In talking about the 3D printed slipcase that was made on a MakerBot, Lee noted, "It's all about changing the familiar. That's ultimately what all art is about. That's what we all do as writers."

Chang-rae Lee is a deeply influential writer who tells stories about race, class and immigrant life in America. ON SUCH A FULL SEA is a bold and thrilling departure from Lee's previous novels. In ON SUCH A FULL SEA, Lee has turned his acute eye toward the future of America. The story takes place in a chilling dystopia, a century or so beyond the present, where abandoned post-industrial cities like Baltimore have been converted into forced labor colonies and populated with immigrant workers. China is a distant, mythical memory. Environmental catastrophes have laid waste to much of the world, a cancer-like disease has infected the entire population, and stratification by class and race is more pronounced and horrific than ever. The fate of the world may lay in the hands of one tiny, nervy girl named Fan, an enigmatic and beautiful fish-tank diver who jolts the labor colony by running away.

 

Epic in scope, masterful in execution, and page-turning right to the shocking end, ON SUCH A FULL SEA fires on many levels: it is simultaneously a heart-stopping survival adventure across the wasteland of a wrecked continent; a deeply moving story of a girl's first love; and a searing, frightening commentary on where America may be headed if we don't strive to do better. The Boston Globe writes that Lee "asks the crucial and abiding question: How do we live a kind and decent life in this woeful world?" ON SUCH A FULL SEA imagines a future in which that question is more urgent than ever, and challenges us to ask what we need to change today.

ON SUCH A FULL SEA is due to be released on January 7th, 2014. Chang-rae Lee will be visiting the MakerBot Store in New York on January 16, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., for a special book-signing event.


 

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