• SAD SACK by Sophia Al-Maria
  • SAD SACK by Sophia Al-Maria
  • SAD SACK by Sophia Al-Maria
  • SAD SACK by Sophia Al-Maria
  • SAD SACK by Sophia Al-Maria
  • SAD SACK by Sophia Al-Maria
  • SAD SACK by Sophia Al-Maria

SAD SACK by Sophia Al-Maria

 130 x 200mm, 256 pages, Black & white printing, Perfect bound, Softcover, 2nd edition, Ed. of 1000, 2024


Sad Sack is the second, expanded edition of a book of collected writing by Sophia Al-Maria. ‘When Book Works contacted you about printing a second edition you were both honoured and filled with trepidation… it felt like facing a refrigerator you left full of food while you were away… Unlike the metaphorical fridge, you can’t just wipe a page clean. In theory, sure. Erase. Redact. But that feels like a cover up, and this new edition can’t be the palimpsest that you would wish for in an ideal world. So you’ve turned the pages lilac, expanded the sack. The additions to the (surely also soon-to-be-dated and wilting) contents are: Tarax’sup Meditation, Taraxos Praxis, Dear Farah, The Law of the Father, Black Friday, Dear Angel, @Sxfyxbot, The Untold (Tale of Mx Muffin), and Dearests.

Sad Sackis a book of collected writing by Sophia Al-Maria, taking feminist inspiration from Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1986 essay ‘The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction’; opposing ‘the linear, progressive, Time’s-(killing)-arrow mode of the Techno-Heroic.’ Encompassing more than a decade of work, Sad Sack tracks Al-Maria’s speculative journey as a writer, from the first seed of her ‘premature’ memoir, through the coining and subsequent critique of ‘Gulf Futurism’, towards experiments in gathering, containing, welling up and sucking dry.

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Book Works

Regular price £19.95