A Visual Notebook

I recently discovered a stunning short entitled the “Visual Notebook” by novelist Madeleine Thien, but saw immediately that it was much more than a book trailer or promotional tool. Instead, it is a complement to her recently released book, Dogs at the Perimeter, which tells the story of Janie, a Cambodian-Canadian, who struggles to reconcile her childhood surviving the Khmer Rouge with her adult life in Canada. I had a chance to speak to Thien about her new venture and she had this to say:

I felt compelled to make this visual notebook because I wanted people to see the images that had haunted me, that spoke to the Cambodia that existed in the 1960s and early 70s. The visual notebook contains some of the images in Janie’s mind, an avalanche of memories, never fitting together, hearkening back to a city and a country and a people that were lost; and also images of the Khmer Rouge time that, perhaps, need to be seen to be believed.

Isn’t an author’s visual notebook more likely to pique our interest rather than a book trailer?

Dogs At The Perimeter’s website: http://dogsattheperimeter.tumblr.com

Or visit The Unexpected Twist and Turn for a review of the book and an interview with the author, Madeleine Thien.

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Sunday, July 17th, 2011. Filed under: Short Film

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