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Dozens of Portuguese writers are creating an exquisite corpse-style novel.

Corinne Segal

April 29, 2020, 12:15pm

While the rest of us feel guilty about not using our quarantine productively, a group of 46 Portuguese writers is co-authoring a serial novel that begins with scientists searching for the vaccine to a virus that has overtaken the globe. Because why think about anything else right now?

The project, called Bode Inspiratório in Portuguese and Escape Goat in English, has published 17 chapters online so far. The writers are producing it using the exquisite corpse method, with each other having 24 hours to complete a chapter before they pass the story to the next author.

The group, which includes Mário de Carvalho, Inês Pedrosa, Ana Cristina Silva, and Ana Luísa Amaral, offered a statement on the project:

In spite of the current apocalypse, we want to demonstrate that we’re still here, in contact with the public. We work without a safety net, with no time for editing, revision, reflection… We may lose our balance, but we renew our grip on the bar, like tightrope walkers on a wire. For now, we wish to offer an escape into inspiration.

Read the story here.

[h/t The Guardian]

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