I recently read the book Mr Clive and Mr Page by Neil Bartlett. It is a truly fascinating book that makes you question your notions of reality and narrator reliability. The notion of the twin, or in this case double, plays a strong and central role in the novel since Mr Page and Mr Clive are described as being identical. The book kept me on edge the whole way through as the narrative weaves in between the present, Christmas time, and the past.
Every time I read a book, I often believe that I have a complete picture of the city because of the detailed descriptions of places, houses, streets, etc. Although, it was only after making a pyschogeographic map of Bartlett’s book that I realised how fragmented a map drawn with words in a book could actually be. I had a lot of fun drawing the map, and would by no means decide to follow a career as the next best thing to Picasso, but the map was a lot of fun and I think it’s such an interesting way to think about literature.
If you have had any experiences with your own psychogeographic maps, I would love to hear about it!
As always, remember to share the reading love.