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Aliasing, Semina No. 9: Where the novel has a nervous breakdown

15th October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for the launch of Aliasing, the debut novel by Mara Coson, and the final novel in the Semina series, guest edited by Stewart Home and published by Book Works.

An alias is an assumed identity. In Aliasing the narration of fiction shifts like the weave of a binakul blanket, and the reader is confronted by a procession of simulacra that might be misunderstood as an alternative history of the Philippines. There are no falsehoods here since representation precedes and determines the real. The northern whirlpool weave that provides the novel with its title has been used to confuse evil spirits and protect its wearer while asleep. Almost traditional stories are woven into a post-history covering everyone from Macabebe Marie (the Mata Hari of Manila) to the Catholic mystic Emma de Guzman (known to followers as the Mother of Love, Peace and Joy). Reflecting the hybrid nature of our contemporary world, Aliasing reconfigures our understanding of who we are as a twice-told tall tale from the South.

Aliasing is published by Book Works as part of Semina, guest edited by Stewart Home and designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio. The Semina series also published books by Bridget Penney, Katrina Palmer, Iphgenia Baal, Jana Leo, Jarett Kobek, Maxi Kim, Mark Waugh and Stewart Home.

Mara Coson is a writer and editor from Manila, Philippines. She completed her MA in Creative Media at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). In 2012, she co-founded The Manila Review, a journal that publishes book and film reviews, as well as essays on old literary publications, radio, and smugglers.

Stewart Home was born and lives in London. He is the author of fifteen published novels, including Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie (Book Works, 2010), and several works of cultural commentary. His film book Re-Enter the Dragon: Genre Theory, Brucesploitation and the Sleazy Joys of Lowbrow Cinema was published in 2019. His collected poems, entitled Send Cash, was issued in May 2018. He is also an artist, with works in the Arts Council of England collection, and winner of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in 2013. His most recent exhibition was ‘Dual Flying Kicks’ at Five Years gallery in London in June 2018. He continues to organise and participate in activist projects.


15th October 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm